Are smokers more susceptible to lung infections?

Yes. All forms of lung infections, from bronchitis to pneumonia to tuberculosis are more common in people who smoke.
Yes. Smokers have dysfunction of the lining cells of the airways. These cells are important for clearing infectious materials from the lungs. If the lining cells do not work then patients who smoker are more susceptible to infection. It can take months for these cells to recover function after your stop smoking.

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Does having heart surgery recently make me more susceptible to lung infections?

Short answer is yes. Having had any surgery impacts respiratory mechanics due to pain, the stress and trauma of the surgery. That is why post op instructions include major emphasis on incentive spirometry. Read more...
Not really. Duringa hospital stay in patient is at risk for hospital acquired pneumonia but heart surgery in itself is not an independent risk factor. Read more...
In a way. Pneumonia is a known complication after heart surgery. One of the big reasons for this is that it hurts to cough and take deep breaths because of the incisional/sternal pain after surgery. If you don't cough, your don't clear junk out of your lungs. Read more...

Why do smokers get a lot of lung infections?

Ans. Smoking any substance damages the defense mechanism of the lungs. See: http://archives.drugabuse.gov/NIDA_Notes/NNVol12N1/Smoking.html and http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/cessation/quitting/index.htm Take care of your health. Read more...

Why is it that smokers get more lung infections?

It is poison to lung. Various elements in cigarette smoke damage the cells which line the air passages and the alveolar cells in the lungs where oxygen is absorbed. It especially damages the hair cells which have little cilia which push mucus and the crud we breathe in out of the lungs, so our lungs cannot clean themselves out. It also kills immune cells which help produce antibodies and kill the germs we are breathing. Read more...

Can all lung infections be easily treated?

Depends. Bacterial lung infections tend to be easier to treat than fungal lung infections. All is a strong word and clearly some people die each year with lung disease/infection despite adequate drug therapy. Read more...

Are lung infections more common as you get older?

Probably not. Unless you develop an immunosuppression, lung infections should not be more commonplace as you get older. However, if you have had years of smoking, infections make become more commonplace since residual lung function is diminihed. Read more...

Are most lung infections fatal?

No. The great majority of lung infections (bronchitis and pneumonia) are not fatal. Some require antitibiotics or antifungals. Others will resolve with no treatment. Severe lung infections, however, can sometimes result in death/mortality. Read more...
No. Many infections are viral and get better by themselves. Bacterial infections respond to antibiotics. There are drugs to treat fungal infections and tb. Read more...

Are lung infections commonly contagious?

Yes. But they are not highly contagious. The infections are transmitted by droplets containing bacteria. However the host usually needs to have some type of increased susceptibility in order to get the infection. Read more...
Yes and No. Some lung infections or pneumonias such as viral, influenza and bacterial, tuberculosis are contageous from person to person. Other pneumonias such as aspiration pneumonia or ventilator associated pneumonias are not contageous. Read more...
No. Most viruses are contagious, but very few bacterial lung infections are actually transmitted from person to person. The one major exception to this is tuberculosis. Bacterial infections usually happen with bacteria which already colonize our body. Read more...

Can alcohol contribute to lung infections?

Often does... ...Mainly by causing people to aspirate (inhale their own vomit), and by suppressing immunity through malnutrition. Read more...
Yes, indirectly. When people drink heavily, they will fall asleep, but if the sedation is severe enough, they will not be able to handle the secretions that build up in their mouths and may aspirate these, which is a cause of pneumonia. Alcohol also affects the immune system, and alcoholics get pneumonia sometimes with very strange germs, like klebsiella they also get more tuberculosis and mycobacterial infections. Read more...

Can fungus infections cause lung infections?

Yes. The common skin fungus does not infect the lungs, but there are types of fungus such as nocardia, histoplasmosis, coccidiomycosis, which can be found in immunosuppressed HIV or cancer patients. Read more...
Yes. Its not very common, but fungus can cause lung infections, its more common in people whose immune system is down "due to aids for example".. Read more...