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If shortness of breath is caused by atelectasis, how can it be treated pls?i ve linear atelectasis, and inhalers doesn't seem to be working well for me

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa answered

Specializes in Pulmonary Critical Care

If it is a lot...: Atelectasis is the deflation of small lung units. If it is small, it usually does not cause shortness of breath. If, however, most of the lung gets deflated, that can cause shortness of breath. A chest xray can tell the difference. The best way to treat atelectasis is to take deep breaths.

Answered 1/27/2018

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Breathing therapy: There are breathing therapies as well as medications that can be recommended by a pulmonary specialist.

Answered 12/27/2013

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Chest Physiotherapy: Atelectasis or collapsed lung is usually caused by mucus plug. In order to expand the lung you need to drink lot of fluids which help to make the mucus thin and you need to take bronchodilators through nebulizer as it contains saline and follow that by bending down at the edge of bed with some one patting on your back and trying to dislodge the mucus plg and thereby expand the lung.Do it 3-4 time/.

Answered 9/23/2014

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