Why do we get mucus in our lungs

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There are several diseases that cause the lungs to make mucus like cystic fibrosis, pneumonia and asthma. Mucus is a slippery secretion produced by, and covering, mucous membranes. ChaCha on! [ Source: http://www.chacha.com/question/why-do-we-get-mucus-in-our-lungs ]
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How to Get Mucus Out of the Lungs
・ 1 Treat any nasal or sinus infections with prescribed medication or over-the-counter decongestants. Phlegm… ・ 2 Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Drink pure, all-natural juice as well to loosen up mucus within… ・ 3 Don’t swallo…
How can i get rid of mucus in my lungs?
there are different methods to get rid of mucus. Understand why mucus gets collected in lungs. It is a defence mechanism against allergenes and other foreign particles. The other reason could be infection, certain pathological disorder. Dep…
Why do smokers lungs get clogged with mucus?
because the smoke from the cigarette slowly burn away the Cecilia( hair like fibers) that sweep mucus and other dust like material out of the lungs, so once they are burnt away it can no longer sweep out the material which causes you to pro…

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What should I cut out from my speech?
Q: Ok, I am doing a speech on the proboscis. It is a nose for all of those who don’t know(And many other things, but I am talking about the nose). So, here it is, and it is 4min and 20sec, and need to cut out about 10-20seconds from it. It is supposed to be fun and interesting, so keep those parts in, unless it is the only part that gets kicked out:The Proboscis SpeechGood morning/afternoon to everyone out there! I am (Insert name here), and today I am going to tell you about proboscises. What is a proboscis you may ask? Well, you are going to find out… AT the end of my speech! Hope you enjoy it.Well, there are many types of proboscises, but the one I am going to talk to you about can run, but has no legs. Can smell, but does not stink. It comes in many different shapes and sizes, and all mammals have them. Insects may not have a proboscis, but they have something to replace their proboscis. And no, it is not a fruit or an animal, and it is not a word to rhyme with troboscis. Many people think that just our tongue helps us taste, well I got news for them! Without our proboscis, I can say what food would be like in one word: HORRIBLE.Not only does our proboscis help us taste, it also helps us to breathe. When the air passes down to the back of our larynx into the windpipe, it is on the way to the lungs. Our proboscis is lined with a thin, moist layer of tissue called mucus membrane. This membrane makes sticky stuff that people like to pick and eat. I don’t know why! Mucus catches germs, dirt, and other small particles that can irritate your lungs.How does a proboscis run with no legs?When you catch a cold or flu, your proboscis goes into mucus-making overdrive to keep the germs out of your lungs and body. Then, the sloppy mucus will run out your proboscis and onto a sleeve or soft paper. If the germs DO get into your body, they will make you sicker than you already are!Also, when it is cold outside, the mucus will try and warm you up the best way possible. Tiny blood vessels inside your two “Snooze caves” will open wider, helping to warm that bitter air. But, that extra blood creates MORE mucus production, so next comes the drip, drip! When you start to let those waterworks fly baby, the tears come out under your blepharos drain and through the tear ducts that will empty into your proboscis. Mucus plus tears equals one sloppy proboscis!Now it’s time for… Going With The Flow of Proboscis Bleeds!What causes a proboscis bleed? Well, most proboscis bleeds occur when the little blood lining in the proboscis break and bleed, kind of obvious. These blood vessels are very sensitive which are formed close to the surface, and are easy targets for popping. Just be thankful we don’t have a dog’s proboscis! Can you just imagine us walking around; all our noses close to the ground? Since dogs have such strong proboscises, they pull us everywhere on the leash outside, which can be a DRAG. Here are some very famous proboscises in history:1.Someone named Rudolf, no, not Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. This Rudolf was Rudolf 1 of Hapsburg, German King. And according to a historian, “He had so large a proboscis, that no artist would ever paint it’s full dimension.”2. Number 2 is an artist we all know, Michelangelo, the famous Italian artist.3. Next is Tycho Brahe, a Danish astronomer who had lost the tip of his proboscis in a sword fight, so he replaced it with a new, gold one.4. Thomas Wedders was an English circus freak in the 1700s. He had the longest proboscis of a human in any known history, which had been measured 7½ inches in length. He was shown throughout England, and had been labeled a mentally crazy.5. Last but not least, Josef Myslivecek. He was mainly known for the fact that he had no nose. He suffered from a disease, and went to a doctor who said he had to remove his proboscis in order to live. So off it came!If you still don’t know what I am talking about, here are a few more hints. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer has a very famous, red proboscis. Also, don’t you think that some of these guys are related to Pinocchio and his proboscis? My speech is about… Noses! Yes, proboscis is another name for the nose, the proboscis monkey, a type of worm, and the “mouth” of an insect.I used the websites kidshealth.org, all-about-noses.com, nosedrops.com, and ask.com. Please do not pick or eat that booger that comes out of your proboscis. That is not only gross but also unhealthy to you and all of us – who get sick from watching you. Hope you enjoyed my speech about noses! Have a great day/night!Oh, and also: How do you pronounce Myslivecek?
A: in the “if you still dont know what im talking about” paragraph, cut out the rudolph part, or at least the word “red”. baby steps my friend. baby steps.
I don’t want to gross anybody out, but I have a the worst cold of my life and it has prompted some questions.
Q: 1. What is the worst damage you can cause yourself coughing?2. What causes the mucus to build up in the lungs?3. Why don’t we drown on our own mucus? It is fluid in the lungs, right?4. Can a cold turn into pneumonia? How? 5. What happens when I can’t can’t cough the mucus out of my lungs.6. How long does a cold last? Is it normal to feel worse on the 7th day of a cold than you did on the 2nd day?7. Why does my head feel like its going to burst when I cough?I feel like there are 8-9 places on my head where someone is stabbing a knife into it. It gets worse when I cough.8. The mucus I’m coughing up and blowing out is a yellowish green. I have been on antibiotics now for almost 6 weeks (sinus infection). My doctor is convinced that this is just a virus and not an infection. I got the virus component of this last Saturday. Can you have a virus with yellowish-green mucus?9. Seriously, can you die from a cold?
A: That sounds horrible!I like to go to webmd.com for answers as the previous poster mentioned. The articles are usually pretty good.If you’re taking antibiotics you shouldn’t worry about pneumonia since that’s what you’d be given to treat it. I’ve found the best way to get the mucus out of my lungs is to take Mucinex. It’s a higher than average dose of guaifenisen (sp?) which thins the mucus and allows you to cough it out more productively. It can be pricey but if you pay attention to dosing measurements you can get the same effect by taking the EXACT same dosage of guafenisen using a cough syrup that ONLY has guaifenisen as the active ingredient. (Ask the pharmacist – they told me about it as a cheaper means) And colds can last for weeks although most don’t. At least I’ve never had one last longer than a week. Colored mucus is very normal. That’s one signal that you do have a cold. If you’re in to alternative forms of therapy, might I suggest a masseuse to give you a facial massage. I don’t know exactly how it works but there are pressure points on your brow bone that are connected to the sinuses and can promote drainage. Also, some chiropractors are familiar with a procedure where they pull on your ears to open up your eustachian tubes. It takes less than a minute. All the tubes are inter-connected in your head so trouble in one can affect the others. Both practices have worked for me.Of course there’s always good old-fashioned chicken noodle soup!Good luck!
Had my baby girl on September 19, 2009?
Q: Hi Everyone,Just thought that I would post that I had my baby at 9:22pm on September 19. She was born at 36 weeks. I had a doctors appointment on September 17 and my blood pressure was 151/102 (as most of you know, I have been having bp issues throughout my pregnancy) so the doctor sent me right over to the hospital and it was decided that an induction needed to be done. They put in cervidil to get my cervix ready and I started having some pretty major cramping and such that night. Late on the 18 I was checked again and I was 4cm dilated so my doctor decided to break my water. I was hoping that once my water was broken, labour would kick in. Not my luck. For about 3 hours after my water was broken I was having cramping and contractions, but by 4am on the 19 they pretty much went away (and I was able to catch a few hours of sleep). At 9:30am on the 19th they started oxytocin, and oh man did labour start! The contractions started coming on pretty strong and hard and close together. I went from 4cm to 6cm in less than 2 hours. I was checked an hour later (as I was having a lot of pressure) and I was 7 1/2cm dilated. My goal was to have a natural labour, but by the time I reached 8cm I could no longer handle the pain as I was only getting about a minute between contractions. I tried the gas at first but it made me feel groggy and did nothing for the pain. I had enough and said my code word to my support people which meant I needed the epidural. It was the right decision. An hour after the epidural was in I was 10cm dilated and started feeling the pressure to push (I made sure that I could still feel the pressure because I wanted to know when to push). I was pushing for 3 and a half hours when the doctor came in and said that my little girls head was pretty swollen so she would need help coming out. They tried the vaccume first but it poped off so it was decided that the forcepts were needed. At first I was against it’s use but the doctor said that she would not pull until she knew she had the right position. And she just did that. Finally at 9:22pm my little girl came into the world! I was very glad to have the epidural as I had torn during the birth and needed stiches, thank goodness as I am sure it would have been super painful. She had a lot of mucus in her lungs at birth so they took her to the NICU for the first night for observation. We were not released until 11:35 on the 20 but we were sent back to the hospital on the 21 due to her having a pretty high jaundice number (we were not sure why we were released in the first place). We spent the night in the hospital with her and late on the 22 we were sent home having to go for more blood work on the Thursday. 3 hours after her blood work, we were sent back to the hospital for another round of light therapy. We were released at 5:00pm on Friday and finally, we have been able to enjoy our home time with Chloe.She is now 9 days old and because of the jaundice, we have a nice feeding schedule. She cues to eat every 3 hours so it’s nice knowing that I have a few hours inbetween. She is doing really well and already we notice a difference in her…they really do grow up fast so please enjoy them while they are little.Now, I do have a question…how is everyone feeling these days? Who else is close to their due date and how are they feeling about labour? I wish everyone the best and I hope to soon be back with the community answering and asking questions…for now Chloe and I are bonding.She was 7lbs 4oz and 18 1/2 inch longI don’t know who is giving you all thumbs down…but thank you everyone
A: OMG yay! I am so excited and happy for you! I just posted a question yesterday about whether any of your other contacts had heard from you because I hadn’t seen you around and was getting worried. I’m sorry things didn’t go exactly the way you wanted them to, but they rarely ever do and you’ve got a healthy baby out of the deal! Enjoy your little girl Mama, and congratulations!!!! HUGS
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