Damaged lungs recovery time


How is recovery after lung tissue injuries?

Do you know about lung healing after lung parenchymal injuries?

In a corona pandemic where the lung that is main organ, is damaged, how long does it take for the lungs to heal after the injury?

In this section, we want to make you more familiar with recovery after lung tissue damage.



What you will read next:



What problems does Covid 19 cause in the lung parenchyma?

What happens if Covid 19 causes pneumonia and lung tissue is involved?

What factors are important in predicting the extent of lung damage?

How to reduce the risk of injury in people with lung infections?

How is lung recovery?





There are many diseases that can damage lung tissue. Doctors use a term called lung parenchyma when they mean lung tissue.

There are several factors that can cause irritation of the lung parenchyma

In the following, we want to talk about the injuries caused by the recent corona pandemic on the lungs and the injuries that occur in the pulmonary cavities, followed by the recovery of the lungs after its infections.


What problems does Covid 19 cause in the lung parenchyma?

A recent pandemic with the new Corona virus has caused a great deal of controversy, causing a wide range of pulmonary complications. People with Covid 19 pulmonary complications may have just one common form of pneumonia due to the virus. In more severe cases, the person experiences acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and in the later stages, sepsis or infection may spread through the blood throughout the body.

With the occurrence of sepsis, in addition to involvement of the lung tissue, other vital organs also suffer from serious and sometimes permanent damage, and it can even seriously threaten the life of an infected person following sepsis.

We will continue to look seriously at what happens due to the new coronavirus and other factors that can affect lung tissue, and what complications will threaten a person recovering from a lung infection.

1. Pneumonia

They are lung tissue infections.

Following inflammation, secretion from the mucosal cells of the lining of the air sacs of the lungs and the airways of the inflamed lower respiratory tract increases.

Excess fluid secreted accumulates in the terminal air sacs with the terminal alveoli of the lungs, Thus, as fluid accumulates, gas exchange on both sides of the air sac membrane becomes difficult.

Some people develop respiratory problems to the point that they urgently need to be hospitalized, receive extra oxygen, and even connect to a ventilator.


What happens if Covid 19 causes pneumonia and lung tissue is involved?

Covid 19 is said to affect both lungs of an infected person. The air sacs in the lung of a person with Covid 19 will be filled with inflammatory fluid, so the lungs' ability to exchange air gases is reduced, leading to shortness of breath, coughing and other respiratory symptoms.

Most people with pneumonia will recover and will not have permanent damage.

Covid-19 pneumonia can become so severe that a small number of people who continue to suffer from lung damage after the onset of the disease may develop respiratory problems over time that take months to heal.

The second type of lung tissue involvement:

2. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome ARDS

A person with pneumonia, for example pneumonia caused by Covid 19, often fills the alveoli of his or her lungs with fluid that comes out of small blood vessels.

This is a normal process in inflammation. Eventually, following the accumulation of excess fluid, shortness of breath occurs and lung failure occurs, which is called acute respiratory distress syndrome.

One of the characteristics of people with ARDS is that they cannot breathe on their own, ie they cannot breathe without the use of assistive devices. In order for enough oxygen to circulate in the blood of their arteries, they need artificial respiration and ventilators. We have to say that acute respiratory distress syndrome can be very fatal.

Lung tissue and lung parenchyma are severely damaged with ARDS, and if a person survives this event, it may take a very long time to recover from lung problems.

3. occurrence of Sepsis

One of the complications of severe cases of pneumonia, especially severe pneumonia caused by covid 19, is the occurrence of sepsis. Let's see what is meant by sepsis?

This is how doctors describe sepsis:

When an infection enters the bloodstream from an organ, it enters the bloodstream, infects it (septicemia), and the infected blood spreads throughout the body, spreading the infection everywhere and causing damage to other organs and tissues in the body.

The heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, liver and other organs of the body must work together like the instruments of an orchestra, balanced and in proportion.

when sepsis occurs cooperation between organs will be destroyed, in other words, during the sepsis, life and function of vital organs will undergo serious changes.

Drug-resistant hypotension occurs due to progressive dilation and decreased resistance of blood vessels throughout the body. It is with treatment resistant hypotension, that in the later stages of a person with sepsis, their vital organs fail one by one and the person dies.

A person with sepsis, even if he or she recovers from this serious condition and returns to life, is likely to suffer severe permanent damage to the lungs and other organs.

Another factor that can irritate the lungs, for example in a Covid 19 conflict, is that a new infection is added to a person with Covid 19. and a lung involvement is highly active. Thus, when all the power and focus of the immune system is concentrated to fight Covid 19, a person may lose the ability and attention of his immune system to fight and defend against other bacteria and viruses due to these conditions. In this case, the person is threatened with an additional infection, such as a new bacterium in a person with lung infection. The added infection makes the injury much more severe in a person with lung infection with Covid 19. The more damage there is, the greater the chance of progressing to acute respiratory distress syndrome and sepsis.


What factors are important in predicting the extent of lung damage?

There are factors that increase lung damage and secondary bacterial infections, for example in lung infections following covid 19. These factors also greatly affect the likelihood of improved recovery and recovery of lung function in people with lung infections.


  1. The first factor is the severity of the disease

If the disease is mild and the conflict is mild, for example, if a person has mild covid 19, it is unlikely that serious problems will develop in the lung tissue, so recovery will occur.


  1. The second factor is the general health of the affected person

Whether or not a person with current lung disease has an underlying disease, such as chronic heart disease, chronic liver disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease, it affects the prognosis and recovery after vulnerability.


  1. The third factor is age

Older people will be more vulnerable to severe cases of lung infections.

These people have less ability to protect and recover, and also older age is associated with a weaker immune system.


  1. The fourth factor is how to treat

The ability of a person to recover and achieve long-term health depends very much on the time of starting treatment, the type of care and the quality and accuracy of treatment. Timely actions in the Equipped hospital for critically ill patients with lung injuries, if started on time, can minimize injury and improve recovery.


How to reduce the risk of injury in people with lung infections?

The question now is what measures can be taken to reduce the risk of lung damage.

A person who has an underlying problem and has a general health problem and underlying disease is at greater risk for serious pulmonary complications. The medical team should do its best to protect the person from advanced lung involvement. For example, suppose a person has diabetes, heart disease, heart failure, and lung disease, and now that person is at a very high risk of developing severe lung disease.

Chronic diseases can be well treated and managed. For example, suppose a person has diabetes, heart disease, heart failure, and lung disease, and now that person has a very high risk of developing severe lung disease.

For example, it is better to think that we are in the current state of Covid 19 and we want to help patients to be safe from the pulmonary complications of this virus, it is recommended that they eat well and do not neglect the general health of their body, if they have an underlying disease be sure to see a doctor, drink enough fluids, and also be sure to have light and simple exercise to strengthen the immune system.

People with severe lung infections and injuries, the initial damage to their lungs is very severe, and it may result in injury, scarring, or scar tissue, which in turn will take longer for the lungs to heal and return to normal function.

One of the important points is that both the treatment group and the patient should do their best to continue the treatment.

Respiratory physiotherapy is needed by respiratory therapists so that the person can heal his or her lung injuries as much as possible and restore lung function during his or her recovery.

What is the recovery time after lung tissue injury and after lung infections?

If a person has, for example, pneumonia caused by Covid 19 and the severity of the conflict is high, it can take three months to a year or even longer for lung function to recover.

If the above person is old, has a weaker immune system, or has multiple underlying diseases, the severity of the conflict is greater and more extensive, and recovery after that will be longer.


Lung healing

How is lung recovery?

Now the question arises as to what is the recovery of the lung after injury and infection.

It is said that the healing of the lungs occurs spontaneously and this recovery period can cause symptoms on its own. For example, in a leg fracture, no one expects a person with a broken bone to have his or her leg bone repaired immediately and be able to start running.

During the time that the broken leg is in the cast, the regrowth of the damaged bone may affect the tissues and muscles around the injured area and make the person feel uncomfortable.

So, in the process of healing diseases and lung infections, we see such manifestations, and the lungs after the infection cannot quickly return to its previous capabilities, and also during the recovery period, the sufferer may experience discomfort.

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