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Doctor insights on: What Happens When Food Goes Into The Lungs

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Could food get stuck in my lungs?

Could food get stuck in my lungs?

Yes.: Technical name is aspiration. One may choke involuntary or because of a pre-existing condition such as a stroke. Normally our cough reflex will clear the airway. Sometimes a bronchoscopy may need to be done is food is "stuck". Chest xray may help but not all foreign bodies able to be seen on a cxr. ...Read more

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Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Is it possible to get food into your lungs?

Is it possible to get food into your lungs?

Yes: Aspiration of food is very common, most people can cough out the offending food. But a bad enough event can lead to death or serious illness. ...Read more

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What types of foods make your lungs stronger and healthy?

What types of foods make your lungs stronger and healthy?

Nonspecific foods.: No particular food can do this. Good balanced diet and possible supplements may help. Some studies show improvement overall health with antioxidants. Good physical activity and relaxation help overall well being. May want to consult a registered dietician at your local hospital. ...Read more

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Hi need to know what are the good foods to eat for ur lungs?

Hi need to know what are the good foods to eat for ur lungs?

Look here: This would be of help. Good luck!

http://www. Powerbreathe. Com/blog/foods-for-keeping-your-lungs-healthy. ...Read more

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Smoke weed for 30years feel great what foods should I eat for my lungs.?

Smoke weed for 30years feel great what foods should I eat for my lungs.?

Lung food...: There are no "lung strengthening" foods. Quitting smoking (smoke harms the lungs) will improve your long term health more than any other action you take. Marihuana smoke is denser than tobacco smoke and may lead to a higher risk of copd. While you may feel great today, you will regret not quitting sooner than you think.... ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about a small piece of food entering my lungs (from a salad)?

Should I be concerned about a small piece of food entering my lungs (from a salad)?

Concern, yes: Your epiglottis should protect your airway when swallowing, so that food does not get into your trachea or bronchi (leading to lungs). If a piece of food accidentally does do that, your system is built to respond by intense coughing to get it out. If you think something like this happened and got stuck in your airway, you do need to see a doctor asap. If lodged there, it won't leave on its own. ...Read more

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Is an xray good at detecting food in the lungs.

Is an xray good at detecting food in the lungs.

Reaction to food: The piece of food is usually not detected by chest radiograph. The focal reaction to the foreign body plugging up bronchus can be air trapping and ultimate consolidation which may represent volume loss, stelectasis, or even inflammatory reaction in form of pneumonia. Patients that chronically aspirate can have diffuse lung disease. ...Read more

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Good food to improve lung capacity?

Good food to improve lung capacity?

None: There is no special diet or supplements for that. Avoid pollution (esp in india), do not smoke, exercise, and eat healthy food daily (low oil, no ghee at all, limit meat, and limit sugars/sweets). ...Read more

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Can food get in your lungs hard to breath

Can food get in your lungs hard to breath

Yes,: Yes, this is a potentially serious situation as it can lead to obstructed breathing and significant infections. The fact that you are having difficulty breathing warrants a visit to an emergency department to rule out airway obstruction. ...Read more

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I breathed in food into lungs by accident, what to do?

I breathed in food into lungs by accident, what to do?

Depends on food.: If a large piece of food this could be removed with a bronchoscope if still there. Depends on chest x ray findings but not all food seen on them. Liquids can cause a chemical pneumonitis which can lead to pneumonia. Generally our cough reflex will prevent this not always. If symptoms are getting worse go to er or local urgent care center. ...Read more

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What kind of medicine/food/vitamin that will strengthen my lungs?

What kind of medicine/food/vitamin that will strengthen my lungs?

Incentive spirometer: There are medications that can improve breathing in patients with bronchoconstriction (ie; asthma, COPD), but do not specifically strengthen muscles associated with respiration. Physical therapists specially trained in respiratory therapy can work with you to perform exercises to strengthen those muscles. An inspiratory spirometer device can also help. ...Read more

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How do we ensure that air gets to lungs and food gets to esophagus?

Pharynx: The pharynx, the common space at the back of the mouth and throat where food and breathing take place, has reflexly operated membranes and cartilage which close the larynx (windpipe) when swallowing and prevents the wrong this from getting past. This can be consciously bypassed - but why would you want this? ...Read more

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L m 33yrs having sarcoidisis in lungs what food I shud hav to loose weight?

L m 33yrs having sarcoidisis in lungs what food I shud hav to loose weight?

Don't lose weight: Sarcoidosis is a body wasting disease that will contribute to weight loss. You want to focus on maintaining a healthy weight, not try to lose weight. ...Read more

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I am a smoker 6. 7 fag a day. Not able to quit. Anything to improve my lungs condition to avoid canser. Any exercise any food habits to change. Vegetarian?

I am a smoker 6. 7 fag a day. Not able to quit. Anything to improve my lungs condition to avoid canser. Any exercise any food habits to change. Vegetarian?

No: Living a healthy life style including smoking cessation, balanced diet and regular exercise helps but smoking is the worst risk factor. Certain medications like buproprion, nicotene replacement and varenicline can help quitting. Some of these medications like buproprion and varenicline need close physician supervision. ...Read more

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What are the best lung cancer fighting foods?

What are the best lung cancer fighting foods?

Don't smoke: I am not aware of any lung cancer fighting foods. Green tea has been studied in melanoma. It has been suggested that turmeric may have some preventive effects in breast cancer. The best way to prevent lung cancer is don't smoke. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I got fluid and a little bit of food down my windpipe into my lungs. Could this develop into pneumonia?

I got fluid and a little bit of food down my windpipe into my lungs. Could this develop into pneumonia?

It's possible.: It is certainly possible that you could develop pneumonia from aspiration of solid and liquid material. Try to cough out as much of it as you can. If you do start coughing up phlegm, running fevers, or becoming short of breath, see your doctor immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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If a small piece of food gets in a healthy person's LUNG, do you always have to take it out to prevent diseases?

If a small piece of food gets in a healthy person's LUNG, do you always have to take it out to prevent diseases?

Obviously "small": Is the issue. So, if it is 1/4 inch you certainly do NOT have to go to much trouble most of the time. Smaller than that and it's around dust particle. 1 inch is going to need to be removed. And...food is better than metal or glass, and likely breaks down/apart. ...Read more

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How do I increase my lung capacity? Also my cholesterol is at 4.9 mmol/l, what types of food should take more of and avoid?

How do I increase my lung capacity? Also my cholesterol is at 4.9 mmol/l, what types of food should take more of and avoid?

Basic biology: You don't increase your lung capacity any more than you can increase your adult height. It would require changing the shape and volume of your chest. Your cholesterol level is in a healthy range, and diet isn't the key to managing cholesterol despite all the talk. Physical fitness and avoiding tobacco will benefit you far more in both areas. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Put a lot of black pepper on food. Took a bite and started coughing, thinking I inhaled some of the pepper? Is this dangerous? Will it affect my lungs

Put a lot of black pepper on food. Took a bite and started coughing, thinking I inhaled some of the pepper? Is this dangerous? Will it affect my lungs

Cough reflex.: Sounds like your protective cough mechanism kicked in, which is geared to protect the lungs from insults such as this. Chances are your lungs are just fine. Not uncommon with pepper, though. ...Read more

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Woke up choking on acid and food some went into lungs was burning I think I coughed it all up what do I need to do now I feel ok other than 2hrs sleep?

Woke up choking on acid and food some went into lungs was burning I think I coughed it all up what do I need to do now I feel ok other than 2hrs sleep?

Be seen: It is not normal to choke on stomach acid and aspirate food. Aspirating food can cause infection and other lung disease. See your doctor now for further management. All the best. ...Read more

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Will surgery keep food/acid away from my lungs I have lpr and after eating I hear crackling in my lungs but it goes away after 1 hour??

Aspiration: I would doubt that you're experiencing aspiration of food into your lungs. At your young age, you have strong reflexes that would trigger violent coughing if any food particles entered your trachea. If you want to be absolutely sure, you could be scheduled for a barium swallowing examination to test for aspiration. ...Read more

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I choked on rice or a pea I feel fine what happens if it gets in you lungs I have a fear of choking on stuff I choked many times on food?

I choked on rice or a pea I feel fine what happens if it gets in you lungs I have a fear of choking on stuff I choked many times on food?

Management: Particles of food can block airways, and I agree that eating and drinking slowly will help avoid choking. Other suggestions include not talking while eating. If this happens remain calm and drink some water. The lung has many defenses against food particles and there are cells which handle this problem. If you have a prolonged cough or fever, even weeks after the episode, please see your M.D. ...Read more

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Food in lungs? I had a hard time swallowing a piece of steak. I couldn't breath for a short time, but then got the steak down. It hurt going down, and my chest (sternum area) continues to hurt. Is it possible that this meat went into my lungs? I was ab

Food in lungs? I had a hard time swallowing a piece of steak. I couldn't breath for a short time, but then got the steak down. It hurt going down, and my chest (sternum area) continues to hurt. Is it possible that this meat went into my lungs? I was ab

No: No I do not think that you inhaled that piece of steak into your lungs. You would have smothered and probably died. More likely the piece of steak ws swallowed and went into your stomach. The chest pain is referred pain from your esophagus which you irritated trying to swallow the piece of meat. Things will be ok with a little time. If you develope more difficulty swallowing please see your physician, as it may be a sign of an esophageal stricture. ...Read more

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Help after I drink water I will hear a wheeze if I take deep breathes is that normal? Same with any drink or food? Is it going to my lungs?

No!: If it was going to your lungs you would have violent spasms of coughing until you got it up which I am sure occasionally has happened to you. That is why your mother scolded you to finish swallowing what was in your mouth before you continued talking to her. Secondly, wheezing usually occurs on the exploratory phase of breathing, not the inspiratory phase. Talk with your doc about it. ...Read more

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Can food go down into your lung unnoticable? I ate oats and needed to sneeze, so when I took a deep breath, it felt like one went down. No symptoms.

Can food go down into your lung unnoticable? I ate oats and needed to sneeze, so when I took a deep breath, it felt like one went down. No symptoms.

Not likely: It would take a very small amount to go into your lungs with no symptoms. Thinks that go into your airway are very irritating and your body does its best to cough them out. So it's unlikely this happened to you. It does happen sometimes in people who have had significant strokes, as their ability to protect their airways may be diminished by the damage the stroke caused. ...Read more

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When eating or drinking foods it is going into my lungs instead of my stomach. I have a feeding tube, and just had a test. What doctor should I see.

When eating or drinking foods it is going into my lungs instead of my stomach. I have a feeding tube, and just had a test. What doctor should I see.

Gastro: You should follow up with your gastroenterologist. You may need speech therapy in order to re-train your swallowing muscles. Depending on your underlying problem you may also need a neurologist ...Read more

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Lump-in-throat feeling and lower oesoph. Discomfort after eating a hot meal 2 fast. Can food go down the wrong pipe to the lungs without you knowing?

Lump-in-throat feeling and lower oesoph. Discomfort after eating a hot meal 2 fast. Can food go down the wrong pipe to the lungs without you knowing?

Lump in throat: No. Food in the trachea would cause immediate, severe coughing. Far more dramatic than a lump in the throat. You are mauch more likely to have some issue with you esophagus/stomach. Eat slowly, try some pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) for discomfort. See you primary care doc for an evaluation. (PS if you are taking a lot of ibuprofen, that might be the culprit.) ...Read more

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My brother-in-law 63 had radical throat cancer surgery 7 years ago. The radiation has damaged his esophagus to the point he nee ds a feeding tube in his stomach. No saliva, constant water but this and food goes into his lungs causing pneumonia regularly

My brother-in-law 63 had radical throat cancer surgery 7 years ago. The radiation has damaged his esophagus to the point he nee ds a feeding tube in his stomach. No saliva, constant water but this and food goes into his lungs causing pneumonia regularly

See Below: If he has a feeding tube and does not eat or swallow anything by mouth, he may have regurgitation of stomach contents into the esophagus/throat area that are then being aspirated into the lungs.
Consult with a physician about this matter. They may need to move the tube to the small intestine instead of the stomach to prevent this from happening. ...Read more

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