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Why am I having a crackling sound in lungs when exhaling?

Why am I having a crackling sound in lungs when exhaling?

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

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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Small rattling sound in lungs upon exhaling for 3 days, no other symptoms, coughing doesn't help, 33 yrs old, female, otherwise healthy?

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

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Slight whistling at the end of exhalation that is barely audible. Lungs sound clear. Suffer from post nasal drip. Could it be from PND?

Slight whistling at the end of exhalation that is barely audible. Lungs sound clear. Suffer from post nasal drip. Could it be from PND?

One airway: The nose and bronchial tube can be thought of one airway, Nasal congestion with post nasal drip is often associated with bronchial inflammation (possible wheezing) Need to check out upper and lower airway to determine cause,
jeff Lehr md ...Read more

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I have whistling when exhaling. Doctor said lungs sound clear and the whistling is heard over the neck. X rays, laryngoscopy, PFT all normal. Causes?

Throat tightening: First one needs to find out if you are tightening up your throat when you are breathing out and thus the whistle. When this happens next time, relax your lower jaw to see if the whistling disappears. Although the PFT was normal, was it obtained at the time you had the whistling? If not, then asthma must be considered as well given that asthma is often an intermittent disorder. ...Read more

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For 2 years have whistling sound as per exhale and sore lungs. Been on symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) for 2 years. Nothing Helps constant sore lungs. What can be the cause?

For 2 years have whistling sound as per exhale and sore lungs. Been on symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) for 2 years. Nothing Helps constant sore lungs. What can be the cause?

Mgt: It is important to avoid smoke and common triggers. I would suggest reviewing your action plan with your pulmonary specialist. A virtual appointment can also be booked online. ...Read more

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Lung vibration when breathing in only on left side, also a wheezing sound on exhaling, pf is normal I do have asthma, does this sound serious?

Lung vibration when breathing in only on left side, also a wheezing sound on exhaling, pf is normal I do have asthma, does this sound serious?

Your symptoms: Are too complex and incomplete todiagnose over the net. You need to be examined and likely have at least a chest x-ray. Do not delay. ...Read more

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I have OCD and lately I'm obsessed with a whistling sound when I exhale. I hear when I provoke it by breathing very slow. All tests clear. Lung cancer?

I have OCD and lately I'm obsessed with a whistling sound when I exhale. I hear when I provoke it by breathing very slow. All tests clear. Lung cancer?

OCD Symptoms?: If you have been examined by a physician, and had the appropriate tests (chest x-ray, blood tests) and nothing was found to suggest lung cancer, then this may be an OCD issue. Do you have family history of lung cancer, or have you lost a friend to this disease? Are you a smoker? If all these are no, then you need to stop monitoring your breathing so closely. Talk to MD or psychologist re OCD. ...Read more

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I have this wheezing sound and a slight tickling in my throat when I exhale, doctor listened to my lungs and said everything sounds normal?

I have this wheezing sound and a slight tickling in my throat when I exhale, doctor listened to my lungs and said everything sounds normal?

Upper airway sounds: Congestion in the upper airway, such as from allergies, could produce a whistling sound that mimics a wheeze. The tickle in the throat could be evidence of allergies as well. ...Read more

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Globus sensation in throat and whistling with exhalation. Voice a little hoarse. Chest x rays okay. PFT good. Lungs sound clear. Possible causes?

Globus sensation in throat and whistling with exhalation. Voice a little hoarse. Chest x rays okay. PFT good. Lungs sound clear. Possible causes?

Anxiety, GERD: Commend yourself for “Chest x rays okay, PFT good., Lungs sound clear”
Globus is a feeling, as if you have a lump in your throat but there is no physical swallowing problem.
It is due to or stress causing Anxiety, and may be associated with Acid Reflux from the stomach.
whistling with exhalation is likely is due to mucus in Bronchi.
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy for stress, Relaxation ...Read more

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I have whistling with exhalation. Had PFT, two doctors said lungs sound clear, albuterol doesn't help, ENT said throat okay, x rays normal. Anxiety?

I have whistling with exhalation. Had PFT, two doctors said lungs sound clear, albuterol doesn't help, ENT said throat okay, x rays normal. Anxiety?

Anxiety: Feel Blessings of 3 Million Air Sacs in your lungs due to which you have Breath of Life every 4 seconds for 21years; and “two doctors said lungs sound clear, X rays normal”
“whistling with exhalation” is likely due to Anxiety or Allergies.
Let Wise Woman within you Reflect:
•Stresses in your Life-present and past
•Believe and Speak with your Entire Being-BREATH IS LIFE
•Music Relaxation
•Therapy ...Read more

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Faint whistling sound when exhaling. Throat tickle. Chest sounds clear while having it. Chest x rays clear. Oxygen 99. Peak flow good. What could it be?

Faint whistling sound when exhaling. Throat tickle. Chest sounds clear while having it. Chest x rays clear. Oxygen 99. Peak flow good. What could it be?

Nasal throat wheeze: I'm sorry that they've been unable to find the reason for your expiratory wheeze. It is possible that if you were breathing through the nose it is because of a blockage with one of the turbinates. If not through the nose it is possibly in the larynx. You need a fiberoptic nasal laryngoscopy by an ENT specialist to confirm. If these are negative you need a CT scan of the chest. ...Read more

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Wheezing/crackling sound in lungs after meals food is getting to my lungs due to lpr/gerd do I need surgery?

Wheezing/crackling sound in lungs after meals food is getting to my lungs due to lpr/gerd do I need surgery?

Mgt: I would suggest a swallowing and speech evaluation prior to surgery. If you are overweight, a nutritionist can advise calorie reduction. Exercise is important in weight control, but you should check with your PCP.
A lung function test can be helpful. ...Read more

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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.

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

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What does it indicate if a thyroid ultrasound showed nodules on my lungs? Symptoms include crackling sounds when I lay down?

What does it indicate if a thyroid ultrasound showed nodules on my lungs? Symptoms include crackling sounds when I lay down?

Confusion????: A thyroid ultrasound doesn't show anything on the lungs. Only a chest xray or ct scan shows the lungs. Crackling sounds may come from your throat, or lungs like seen on asthmatics, pneumonia also shows crackling but youusually have fevers and feel really bad and short of breath. ...Read more

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Would in lung scarring and things of like like cause crackling or other sounds in the lungs? Or would the be clear- awaiting thin slice CT of lungs...

Would in lung scarring and things of like like cause crackling or other sounds in the lungs? Or would the be clear- awaiting thin slice CT of lungs...

Rales: Crackles when breathing, assuming they are coming from your lungs, can be related to fluid in the tiny alveoli and bronchioles. This can be from many things including changes in surfactin. If your doc has already ordered a high-resolution ct, wait for the results. ...Read more

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My 3 month old has had a cold and now his lower right side lung has wheezing and crackling sounds. He hasn't coughed today at all. Go to er?

My 3 month old has had a cold and now his lower right side lung has wheezing and crackling sounds. He hasn't coughed today at all. Go to er?

Other Sx???: If the kid is drinking well & has playful moments you can probably avoid the stress of the er & see his regular doc in the morning. If the kid is refusing to drink, hasn't peed in >6 hrs & appears to be struggling to breathe go in now. ...Read more

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Haven't slept well in a few weeks, a crackling sound in lung when breathing and mucus in throat with dry cough, gets worse after I eat, lung cancer?

Haven't slept well in a few weeks, a crackling sound in lung when breathing and mucus in throat with dry cough, gets worse after I eat, lung cancer?

Respiratory illness: It definitely sounds like you have a respiratory illness with sputum production. If you have fevers, you should definitely go in to see the doctor. Flu season is starting to arrive and it is a good time to get a flu shot and have this issue addressed by visiting your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Crunching sounds lungs?

Crunching sounds lungs?

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

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What sounds like fluid in the lungs?

What sounds like fluid in the lungs?

Crackles: 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

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Sounds like there is something in my lungs? What could it be?

Sounds like there is something in my lungs? What could it be?

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

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What is this crunchy sound from lungs in time with heartbeat?

What is this crunchy sound from lungs in time with heartbeat?

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

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What to do if I have a rattle sound in my lungs, is it pneumonia?

What to do if I have a rattle sound in my lungs, is it pneumonia?

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

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Could you tell me why my lungs sounds weird after going for a run?

Could you tell me why my lungs sounds weird after going for a run?

Asthma?: It's not just kids who get asthma. There is an exertional type with onset in adults. Usually this is easy to treat with an inhailer. Best get checked out to know for sure and to discuss the best approach to a definitive work up and course of remediation. ...Read more