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Can a collapsed lung improve on its own?

Can a collapsed lung improve on its own?

Yes: A healthy normal person with no particular risk factors, can get a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung). If the amount of air that leaked out was small, and the leak had sealed itself off, the doctor may decide to observe the patient and let the leaked air get reabsorbed by the body. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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My lung collapsed on its own once. What are the chances it will collapse again?

My lung collapsed on its own once. What are the chances it will collapse again?

Depends: First recurrence is most common between 6 months and 3 years. Published 5yr first recurrence rates for primary spontaneous pneumothorax are around 20-30+%. For secondary spontaneous pneumothorax, around 40+%. ...Read more

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Can pleurisy be healed on its own ?

Can pleurisy be healed on its own ?

Possibly: Pleurisy is an inflammation of the pleura, the lining of the chest wall around the lungs. There are many possible causes, but one of them is viral pneumonia. Viruses mostly just need time to resolve. You should be checked to make sure you don't have one of the other underlying causes that do require treatment however. ...Read more

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Can a brain.Abcess heal on its own?

Can a brain.Abcess heal on its own?

A serious condition: Having a brain abscess is a serious condition, its not something that heals on its own typically, depending on the size and location of abscess it might be treated with antibiotics or it may need to be drained by a neurosurgeon, typically in a hospital setting. ...Read more

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What if my collasped lung dosent reinflate only one lobe collasped will the lung rot and cause trouble?

What if my collasped lung dosent reinflate  only one lobe collasped will the lung rot and cause trouble?

No: With the correct treatment no lung/lobe will remain permanently compressed. And lungs do not rot. ...Read more

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Will feeling of weakness with cough w/phlegm subside on its own. Is medication absolutely necessary. I'd like to fight it on my own.

Will feeling of weakness with cough w/phlegm subside on its own.  Is medication absolutely necessary.  I'd like to fight it on my own.

Natural meds: Your doc can help you determine what is happening. If you need an antibiotic you can ask him/her about taking olive leaf extract or collodial silver. Your doc may not be too familiar with these products but a natural doc is. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can asthma symptoms resolve on its own?

Can asthma symptoms resolve on its own?

asthma resolution: Yes sometimes asthma symptoms resolve on there own for various different reasons. ...Read more

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Can a periapical cyst resolve on its own?

Can a periapical cyst resolve on its own?

No: Cysts do not resolve on their own. They stay the same size or grow larger over time and may become infected. As they grow, the destroy more bone. See a dentist as to your treatment options before you have an even bigger problem. ...Read more

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Can a thyroid cyst disappear on its own?

Can a thyroid cyst disappear on its own?

Thyroid cysts: Yes, thyroid cysts fill with fluid, they can sometimes get rather large, and then they can go away by themselves. When thyroid ultrasound and biopsy is done, simple cysts are often not drained, because they only come back anyway, and they are not dangerous. If this is your problem, you may wish to talk to your endocrinologist about this. ...Read more

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Developed umbilical hernia during pregnancy, shrunk on its own but still bludges. Can sex help it to shrink further or will it shrink on its own?

Developed umbilical hernia during pregnancy, shrunk on its own but still bludges. Can sex help it to shrink further or will it shrink on its own?

Anatomic separation: When a woman gets pregnant, the Right & Left rectus muscles separate & thin to cover the growing baby. The umbilicus can bulge, a weakness of the tissues between the R & L muscles. It gets smaller after delivery but does not go back to normal. If there is a hernia, a pouch of internal abdominal fat or intestinal contents, a small one may not need surgery. Exercises with ab muscles don't treat it. ...Read more

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Is ttn something that will resolve on its own?

Is ttn something that will resolve on its own?

Yes: Transient tachypnea of the newborn is transient. Once the extra fluid clears from the lungs the problem resolves. Unfortunately sometimes it takes few days ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

Yes: Start with physical therapy and core conditioning. At some point an epidural steroid injection might be helpful. If all else fails and your symptoms impact your activities of daily living, surgery can be curative. I would suggest seeing a spine surgeon with expertise in minimally invasive spine surgery if it comes to that. ...Read more

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What constituted a small perforation that can heal on its own? Thanks

More info: I am not sure what you are asking. Perforation of what? If you have injured yourself then you need medical attention. I am sorry but I am not sure what you are asking ...Read more

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Does multiple sclerosis patient in an exacerbation need steroids? Would it resolve on its own without?

Does multiple sclerosis patient in an exacerbation need steroids?  Would it resolve on its own without?

Should be treated: About 50% of untreated relapses do not resolve without treatment, leaving permanent disability. In virtually all cases of significant objective problems, I would treat with steroids or ACTH. But do not see a basic protective MS medication on your list. If you have MS, you should be treated with an ongoing agent in most cases. ...Read more

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How to support someone who is dealing a tumor on the lung brought on by his own smoking?

How to support someone who is dealing a tumor on the lung brought on by his own smoking?

Kindness: This is a difficult problem. I think that being supportive during the crisis with cancer is the main focus. Regardless of the cause the cancer is still the fight that needs support. Certain cancers might have a better outcome if smoking is stopped, but blame and shame rarely seem to work. ...Read more

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Would a surgeon have to repair a hole in the lung caused by a .222 rifle (that also caused a collapsed lung) or would it heal on its own?

Would a surgeon have to repair a hole in the lung caused by a .222 rifle (that also caused a collapsed lung) or would it heal on its own?

Not absolutely: As long as chest tube drainage, to decompress the pneumothorax and remove blood, was successful, formal exploration would not be necessary. If there's a persistent air leak, or significant or persistent bleeding, then thoracotomy or thoracoscopy would be necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does deep fingertip injury with exposed bone heal on its own by dressing changes and without surgery?

Does deep fingertip injury with exposed bone heal on its own by dressing changes and without surgery?

Maybe: You'll want to make sure the wound was thoroughly cleaned and stitches placed as needed. Pay very close attention to the wound for any signs of infection. If infection spreads to the bone, it is a very serious matter. Definitely get evaluated by your doc if you haven't already. Get well soon! ...Read more

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Can hepatitis a go away on its own without treatment?

Can hepatitis a go away on its own without treatment?

Yes: Most cases of viral hepatitis resolve on their own however, in adults 5-10% of cases of hepatitis b may persist and perhaps 85% of recognized cases of hcv can be chronic. Hcv is not usually diagnosed acutely. ...Read more

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Definition)

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Atelectasis (Definition)

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