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Crackles In Lung Sounds Mean
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
Are crackles and abnormal lung sounds always heard with A stethoscope if you have Pulmonary fibrosis?
Pulmonary fibrosis: Good question, very little can be said to be 'always', usually is probably appropriate ...Read more
Left lung has audible crackles & rattling sounds. No SOB, cough, or fever, phlegm is clear, its been a over a month with these symptoms.
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Sorry no mean to disrespect do all drs. When listen to heart and lung sounds, can they tell the differences and the abnormalities and act upon it?
This question is so very broad that I do not even know how to begin to answer it. Physicians are trained from day one to use their stethoscope to listen to the sounds the body makes. Most of us have years of experience doing so.
Health tap works best if you ask a specific question about yourself. ...Read more
What can a crack sound in the chest mean, followed by a throbbing pain into left arm and side for over a week?
? thoracic outlet: A cracking sound in the chest is usually the result of the breastbone/sternum moving against the ribs and clavicle/collar bone. It might be possible that this bone movement resulted in some nerve impingement near the 1st left rib, a condition called thoracic outlet syndrome. It is probably made worse by associated swelling. You can observe a few more days, or go in to see your doc now. Good wishes ...Read more
When I listen to my apical pulse I hear gurgling in my heart. It sounds like mt stomach but its in my chest. What does this mean?
Slightly sore throatsome crackle sounds when I breath in at top of chest/bottom of throat. Clean chest xray. Slight headache/vertigo, sob exertion what is?
Lung sounds: Hello. These can be many things depending on what's going on with the person. Assuming you are hearing them w/o a stethoscope, then they are likely upper airway secretions/mucous seen with a cold or infection. If localized to one area of the lung could be a sign of pneumonia. If these sounds ate chronic and the person is not acutely ill, could be from chronic obstructive lung disease or fibrosis. ...Read more
We hear wet crackles when we examine the lungs with a stethoscope. Breath sounds may be diminished f there is fluid around the lungs.
If you are asking about your symptoms, it may feel that you are congested, coughing, or short of breath. Leg swelling often accompanies fluid on the lungs. ...Read more
I have been sick with influenza like symptoms for over 10 days with no signs of improvement & lungs sound like snoring/gargling.?
I have pain in my upper back that feels like my lungs. Other than that lungs sound fine no coughing clear x-ray. 31 y/o smoked18 yrs quit 3 mos ago.
Issues:TooLittleInfo: Given age, despite smoking hx, muscle (chest wall) pain most common. Rest, nsaid, muscle relaxer (works in brain, not muscles) and gentle but very thorough range of motion exercises to help locate most tender motion likely most helpful. Gently work on most sensitive motions. Cxr commonly low value, even with cough, fever & bronchitis congestion, though commonly done. Yes, ca possible; not usual. ...Read more
I hear a whizzing like sound when breathing while sitting (only sitting) but apparently its not my lungs cause I got it fully checked. What can it be?
Bronchitis?: One explanation for crackling and wheezing sounds on exhalation is inflammation / infection of the breathing tubes (bronchi). This is called bronchitis. Pneumonia and partial occlusion of bronchi (by mucus or a foreign body) are other things that can cause expiratory crackling. Some people with 'fluid in the lungs' or pulmonary edema may also have expiratory crackling sounds. ...Read more
Hard to tell: Sometimes the owrst of coughs are due to irritation as high up as your throat while pneumonia with fluid and infection deep down in your lungs may just make you feet weak and short of breath. You might want to have a doctor have a listen with a stethescope or get a chest x-ray. ...Read more
In time with HB?: You may be describing a pericardial friction rub, which is a "crunchy sound in time with the heart beat" but it arises from the heart, not the lungs. ...Read more
Secretions: The rattling sound from lungs is generally due to vibrations produced by retained secretions (mucus/phlegm) in the airways (breathing tubes) in your lungs. Mucus buildup can be due to several reasons - infections, ineffective coughing, bronchitis, chronic smoking, exposure to air pollution etc. Have yr doctor examine you to ensure there are no problems with your lungs that need immediate attention. ...Read more
How long does it take for this crackling in my lungs from bronchitis to go away. Feeling totally fine except I sound like a cat purring constantly.
Can take weeks: I am sorry to hear about the bronchitis. This excess phlegm is just the after effects of the inflammatory process and can take a couple (sometime 3-4 weeks) weeks to resolve. You could try guaifenesin 300 mg by mouth and you can take this every 4 hours if needed. This will help break up the mucus/phlegm. Just make sure you are not pregnant while taking this. Guaifenesin is also called Mucinex ...Read more
Gurgling sound on my lower left lung with no pain and constant coughing sensation what could that be?
Gurgling sound: Hello, your symptoms sound like possibly fluid congestion within your lungs or possibly an infection. Regardless, it's a good idea for you to see your family doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more
Likelihood of 25 year old to have lc with clear cxr, 4 e.r. visits, all said lungs sound clear, coighed up isolayrd small spot of blood, only real sym?
Likelihood of 25yrold to have lc with clear cxr, lungs sound clear, four e.r. visits, 1cxr, 9yrhistory, coughed isolated spot of blood, no other symptoms?
Remote.: What do you have a 9 year history of? ...Read more
Small rattling sound in lungs upon exhaling for 3 days, no other symptoms, coughing doesn't help, 33 yrs old, female, otherwise healthy?
Auscultation exam: You have to be examined by a "real doctor" who will listen to you, both your history and do a good physical exam listening to your lungs. Then you will procede from there. ...Read more
7yrs old boy takes deep breaths all the time. Dr says his lungs and heart sound fine. No other symptoms. What else can it be?
Unclear: What is "all the time" in frequency? Some kids just sigh a lot and the breath appears louder. If he seems short of breath, working hard to breath or seems in distress, get him rechecked by another physician. Second opinions are not bad. ...Read more
Slight whistling at the end of exhalation that is barely audible. Lungs sound clear. Suffer from post nasal drip. Could it be from PND?
I'm sure I have some form of pneumonia (self-diagnosis). Coughing w/ phlegm and rattling sound in lungs for past 12 days. Can it go away on its own?
I just notice than when I twist my body a sound like "wheezing" or "hissing" comes deep from my body, specially with the moth open. I guess is from the lungs. Is that normal??
Exam needed: An examination is needed to determine where the sound is coming from. Sounds come from turbulent movement of fluid or air. Movement of air in the gut or expelling of air trapped in the lungs from asthma or COPD (smoking is the common cause of COPD) can cause all sorts of sounds. Gut noise without pain/symptoms typically is not a sign of problems. Wheezing from lungs is not normal, and needs exam. ...Read more
I am a 50 year old male with no history of serious illness. Recently I have noticed a slight crackling sound in my lungs with normal inhale/exhale breathing. Should I be concerned or is this normal?
Not normal.: Should probably have this evaluated. If you do not have signs or symptoms of a viral infection / cold symptoms you may need a cxr. ...Read more
Yes: If you have any symptoms like fatigue, cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, by all means get it checked out. The differential diagnosis includes restrictive lung disease, congestive heart failure. Pneumonia and malfunctioning stethescope (if no symptoms and all lung fields are involved). ...Read more
Fluid in lungs: This cracking (crackling?) sound may mean fluid in your lungs, which would be a sign of poor lung (or heart) health. ...Read more
Where & what lung sounds are most lassociated with developing aspiration pneumonia in kid with trach?
Crackles: Aspiration pneumonia is most commonly characterized by the sound of 'crackles' in the lung bases. This crackling sound is more commonly heard in the right lung as the the trachea bifurcates at a sharper downward angle toward the right lung in comparison to the left, and is more susceptible to collecting contents of aspiration. ...Read more
Why would my right side of lung upon auscultation sound diminished. My dr. Said I have asthma. Could this be?
Yes...: There are a variety of diagnoses that cause diminished breath sounds on exam, which signify poor air movement in the airways. This can occur with asthma or COPD (where bronchospasm or other mechanisms limit airflow), pleural effusion, pneumothorax, or pneumonia (among others). In any of these cases, it is important to follow up with your doctor to be sure you are treated appropriately. ...Read more