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Doctor insights on: Crackles Vs Rhonchi

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What do a lot of rhonchi sounds and a few crackles usually indicate, health wise?

What do a lot of rhonchi sounds and a few crackles usually indicate, health wise?

Lung sounds: Can indicate many different problems. Rhonchi are common with COPD, pneumonia, smokers, bronchitis. Crackles - wet crackles - can be heard with pneumonia and heart failure. Dry crackles can be heard with fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. ...Read more

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Can a common cold or asthma cause Rhonchi sounds?

Can a common cold or asthma cause Rhonchi sounds?

Yes: Rhonchi are caused by a blockage in the airways or fluid in the bronchial passageway so yes asthma and less commonly common cold can be associated with rhonchi ...Read more

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How many days would it usually take for rales, rhonchi in to disappear after starting treatment and fever subsiding after 24 hours of treatment?

How many days would it usually take for rales, rhonchi in to disappear after starting treatment and fever subsiding after 24 hours of treatment?

Pneumonia symptoms: It can take up to a week sometimes for those "noises" to disappear after starting appropriate treatment. You are now killing the bacteria causing the infection and noise, but now your body has to get rid of all that "garbage" down in the lungs. Do deep breathing and cough exercises to help loosen the material and open lung sacs and by all means avoid ANY respiratory irritants such as smoke, dust, ...Read more

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Child strep and bad mucous cough. Antibiotics for 3 days still has fever. Doc prescribed claritin nasal spray and inhaler for rhonchi, why claritin?

Child strep and bad mucous cough. Antibiotics for 3 days still has fever. Doc prescribed claritin nasal spray and inhaler for rhonchi, why claritin?

Good question: I am not aware of a nasal spray containing Claritin. Even then it would not have done that much for nasal congestion or the cough That the fever is still present after 3 days of antibiotic points more to a viral infection which often causes coughing and wheezing in children especially before age 3. ...Read more

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What are bilateral crackles?

What are bilateral crackles?

Fluid in lungs: The medical term for this is rales. It is a slight popping sound (like rice krispies in milk) heard when someone listens with a stethescope during breathing when the little sacs called alveoli open up after being stuck together by a little too much fluid in the lungs. It suggests congestive heart failure, or back up of fluid from a heart that is not pumping very efficiently. ...Read more

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What are basal crackles?

What are basal crackles?

Noise on chest: 'crackles' refers to a specific sound a doctor hears when they listen with a stethoscope at your lungs. 'basal' usually refers to the location where they hear those crackles, the base of the lungs. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my neck hurts and crackles?

What does it mean if my neck hurts and crackles?

Tight tired short mu: Tired tight short muscles see a therapist and get some neck stretches massage loosens muscle work in relaxation skills. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis and a crackle noise in my chest. What do you suggest?

I have bronchitis and a crackle noise in my chest. What do you suggest?

See a physician: As soon as possible for physical exam and chest x ray to diagnose and treat your problem. ...Read more

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My knee crackles when I flex, why?

My knee crackles when I flex, why?

Many causes: The most common and likely cause of cracking/popping in front of the knee is an irritated or early wear of the knee cap cartilage or the surface cartilage of the thigh bone that it rubs. Other causes could include a meniscus tear, plica, patellar tendonitis etc. Some fluid build up in the knee causes cracking. Try therapy, antiinflammatories, ice and sometimes a knee sleeve. See orthopedist. ...Read more

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Are crackles in your lungs always pneumonia?

Are crackles in your lungs always pneumonia?

No: Not always. Other lung pathology can result in "crackles" when your doctor listens to your lungs. ...Read more

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My knee crackles when I stretch, why?

My knee crackles when I stretch, why?

See below: The most common and likely cause of cracking/popping in front of the knee is an irritated or early wear of the knee cap cartilage or the surface cartilage of the thigh bone that it rubs. Other causes could include a meniscus tear, plica, patellar tendonitis etc. Some fluid build up in the knee causes cracking. Try therapy, antiinflammatories, ice and sometimes a knee sleeve. See orthopedists. ...Read more

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Why do my lungs crackle when I breath sometimes? I am not sick.

Why do my lungs crackle when I breath sometimes? I am not sick.

Allergies???: The bubbly/ crackly sound made by your lungs could be due to increased mucous production due to allergies. Try anti histaminics +/- singulair (montelukast). ...Read more

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When I wake up in the morning my joints snap, crackle and pop, what is it and what to do?

When I wake up in the morning my joints snap, crackle and pop, what is it and what to do?

It's OK: The noise that joints make is not a problem and you don't need to do anything about it. If you have pain and stiffness then taking warm bath and making sure you are at a normal body weight and exercising regularly are important. ...Read more

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I have had a chesty cough for 4 or 5 weeks. I have noticed a strange bubbling crackle when I exhale deeply. What could this be?

I have had a chesty cough for 4 or 5 weeks. I have noticed a strange bubbling crackle when I exhale deeply. What could this be?

Explanation: Your cough and sound you hear on exhale mean that you still sick. You can try any of decongesting medications 3 times a day for next week. If still no improvement go to the doctor. Or start with doctor appointment. May be you need antibiotics. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 5weeks old son is making weird noises before and during sleep. It sounds like crackles or a car engine that would not start. Should we be worried?

My 5weeks old son is making weird noises before and during sleep. It sounds like crackles or a car engine that would not start. Should we be worried?

Noisy breathing: How long has this been going on? If u noted the problem soon after birth, he may have laryngomalacia. Its a condition where the laryngeal portion of airway is floppy&falls in during breathing. If ur son is otherwise ok & does not turn blue or have difficulty breathing, he should outgrow it. With time, the cartilage will have more calcium in it&the floppiness will disappear. See ur pediatrician. ...Read more

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My jaw pops and crackles when I chew. What could this be?

My jaw pops and crackles when I chew. What could this be?

Sign of TMJ: This usually indicates damage to the cartilage that is the cushion between the jaw joint and the base of the skull. If there is any pain, jaw fatigue, tenderness as well, you should see a dentist because you do not want your TMJ to progress to the point that you need surgery. ...Read more

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Crackles/rales left lung?

Crackles/rales left lung?

Causes include: Usually from fluid in the air sacs (called alveoli) or scarring around the alveoli. Examples include heart failure, pneumonia and pulmonary fibrosis. ...Read more

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My ear keeps blocking and needs popping to unblock but crackles?

My ear keeps blocking and needs popping to unblock but crackles?

Eustachian tube: Eustachian tube dysfunction. Often seen with or after allergy exacerbation/ cold / sinus infection. Keep popping your ears several times a day, try saline nasal spray or rinse, otc antihistamine/ decongestant (e.g. Claritin+/- d). You may also try afrin spray for a couple of days only. See an ENT doctor if this doesn't help. ...Read more

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Can post nasal drip cause crackles?

Can post nasal drip cause crackles?

Not usually: Post nasal drip typically causes throat discomfort and throat clearing. Crackles generally refers to lung sounds where there is fluid in the alveoli (most distal part of the lung where gas exchange takes place). Crackles is common in pneumonia and "interstitial lung diseases.". ...Read more

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Why is my knee swollen and crackles when I bend it?

Why is my knee swollen and crackles when I bend it?

See below: The most common and likely cause of cracking/popping in front of the knee is an irritated or early wear of the knee cap cartilage or the surface cartilage of the thigh bone that it rubs. Other causes could include a meniscus tear, plica, patellar tendonitis etc. Some fluid build up in the knee causes cracking. Try therapy, antiinflammatories, ice and sometimes a knee sleeve. See orthopedist. ...Read more

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When I do my stretching exercises all of my joints crackle sound is this normal im 53 yrs old?

When I do my stretching exercises all of my joints crackle sound is this normal im 53 yrs old?

Cracking joints: That can be normal. If it causes pain then see your orthopedist or physician. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my knee pops when I move a certain direction, and it crackles and squeaks when I move it?

Could you tell me why my knee pops when I move a certain direction, and it crackles and squeaks when I move it?

Knee arthritis?: This could be arthritis of the knee, which could certainly develop in someone of your young age dependent on the stressors you've put on your knees over the years. Any trauma to that knee? Trauma can accelerate the development of arthritis in a joint. ...Read more