Wet Lung disease is becoming a more common occurrence in the vaping community. But what exactly is it and how do I know if I have it. All that and more will be answered in this in depth article about all things related to wet lung disease.
What is Wet Lungs?
Vaping is becoming increasingly popular, and to many people is known as a safe alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes. However, risks still present themselves when associated with vaping, such as wet lungs. Wet lungs also know as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome is a condition caused that causes a buildup of fluids within the lungs. Once this fluid is built up, there is a decrease in lung function, which causes less oxygen in the blood. The decreased oxygen in the blood, in turn, results in other organs not getting the proper amount of oxygen needed to function correctly. This condition is commonly a complication from an existing lung infection, illness, or injury.
Wet Lung Symptoms
Wet lungs also show several physical symptoms that will allow you to recognize that there is an issue. Some of these symptoms include an extreme case of shortness of breath complemented with unusually fast breathing. Both of these symptoms are caused by the restriction to the lungs ability to function properly from the buildup of fluids. The accumulation of fluid can also cause severe and constant coughing. Other less known symptoms of wet lungs include exhaustion, confusion, fever, dizziness, and light-headedness. All these symptoms are caused by decreased oxygen in the blood. The lack of oxygen causes all other organ systems to become negatively affected. One of the final signs of wet lungs is blue lips and or nails. The same thing causes this as the previous symptoms, oxygen-deprived blood flowing through the body.
Wet Lung Treatments
Wet lungs can become life-threatening if left untreated. It is for this reason that if any of the previously discussed symptoms were to show, it is imperative to seek medical treatment. The ProVapor family recommends beginning with consulting your local physicians for treatment options. Diagnosing wet lungs can be a bit difficult at times; this is due to the symptoms being reasonably common among other illnesses and diseases. To diagnose wet lungs, one would receive heart and blood tests. These tests are used to anemia, infection, or heart failure.
Treatment options for wet lungs once it is diagnosed include initially begging with an air mask. Eventually, the next course of action would be to transition to a breathing tube and ventilator. The purpose of these medical procedures is to target the levels of oxygen in the blood, to restore it to normal levels. Medical professions will also administer medicine and nutrients through IV's as well as anti-bleeding and anti clot medications. Once treatment is complete, to fully recover, it is recommended to quit vaping. Finally, get pneumonia vaccines every five years.
Real Life Wet Lungs Case
Wet lungs have begun to become more common among the vaping community. In a case of from Las Vegas, Nevada, an individual went to their physician complaining of a sore throat and constant coughing. After going through several tests, the doctor concluded that this individual had pneumonia. The reason for this is many of the symptoms are consistent with wet lungs. Similar symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pains, fatigue, and loss of energy.
Due to these similarities, the misdiagnosis leads to ineffective treatment. Although both symptoms sound similar treatment options for pneumonia include antibiotics, caught medicine, and fever/pain relievers. Due to the treatments not targeting the return of oxygen in the blood, the patients' health didn't improve. After further tests, the medical professions were able to diagnose wet lungs when they realized excess vaping habits. The reason for the misdiagnosis was upon the initial reports; the patient failed to mention their vaping habits.