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Doctor insights on: Deep Breathing Exercises For Pneumonia

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Are deep breathing exercises beneficial to increase lung capacity?

Are deep breathing exercises beneficial to increase lung capacity?

Lung capacity: To some degree, yes. But this is limited to the physical capacity of the lungs. Cardiopulmary function may improve as well. ...Read more

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How should I breathe on advair? Should I attempt to do deep breathing exercises or train my lungs and body to breathe better? Tension won't release...

How should I breathe on advair? Should I attempt to do deep breathing exercises or train my lungs and body to breathe better? Tension won't release...

Normally: If you are using advair and feel that you are still having obstruction you have a few options. First - do you feel so bad that you are having trouble breathing? In that case, go to the er now. Second, are you just feeling poorly enough that you are a bit below standard? Then, call your asthma doc (allergist or pulmonologist), and get in. Thir, if you are slowly feeling better but still not. ...Read more

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Need chest expansion of 5cm while inhalation. Currently just 2-3cm. Is it possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Need chest expansion of 5cm while inhalation. Currently just 2-3cm. Is it possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Possible: It's possible to further expand your chest expansion by continuing to deep breathe and increase diaphragmatic excursions. ...Read more

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Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Chest expansion: Hello ~ your question as written is difficult to understand but if I do, you are asking if your lungs vital capacity will improve with deep breathing and lung exerciser. Yes it will but to a max predetermined by your body size When the chest gets bigger for body builders that is muscle on the outside and not much increase in lung volumes. If that does not answer resubmit question thx ...Read more

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Started doing deep breathing exercises to try help ease anxiety and stress. Chest (or lungs) hurt for a little while after. Is this normal?

Started doing deep breathing exercises to try help ease anxiety and stress. Chest (or lungs) hurt for a little while after. Is this normal?

Don't overbreathe: Normal breathing is relaxed and not too fast. Overbreathing or hyperventilation syndrome may cause chest pains or tenderness, shortness of breath, or wheezing. Meditative breathing (e.g., herbert benson's "relaxation response") is helpful. ...Read more

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Chest pain during moving or deep breathing It started yesterday I played the day before yesterday chest exercises at gym No other symptoms?

Chest pain during moving or deep breathing It started yesterday I played the day before yesterday chest exercises at gym No other symptoms?

Probably: Musculoskeletal but if it lasts more than 48 hours you should see health care provider for evaluation. Try a non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen to see if it helps. ...Read more

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How many times a day is deep breathing exercise rec./day? What if you have work and school? I still need to keep my heart rate down. Advice please?

How many times a day is deep breathing exercise rec./day? What if you have work and school? I still need to keep my heart rate down. Advice please?

NoResearch, Answers: Deep breathing recommended by some, but the actual issue is relaxation, breathing, yoga, day dreaming (also called self-hypnosis), etc. Whatever works for you. People promote simplistic stuff which may, sort-of, help some (looking for mass market) yet rarely optimal for anybody. The bigger issue: reactions to life driving anger, frustration, fear, both external & especially internal (subconscious). ...Read more

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Aside from steam bath and deep breathing exercises, how can I optimize my lung function?

Aside from steam bath and deep breathing exercises, how can I optimize my lung function?

Exercise: Deep breathing exercises and well as aerobic exercise will help you feel better and tune up your lung function. Avoid smoking anything and if allergies are a problem, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Can I practise 'pranayam' (deep breathing exercises) like "anulom vilom" (alternate nostril breathing) if I have peripheral thinning on retina of eye?

Will not make worse: Lattice degeneration is a thinning of the peripheral retina from the vitreous gel "pulling" on the retina with a distinctive whitening of the retinal blood vessels. This forms an oval or round patch of "lattice" white blood vessels and a thinned retina. Lattice can be associated with round retinal holes from the thinning and retinal tears at the edge-this can result in retinal detachment. ...Read more

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I'm trying to get back into cardio after walking pneumonia and after 15 minutes feel like I'm breathing through a straw. Is there breathing exercises?

Take it slow: Your infection took a toll on you. You start exercising with a regimen of progressive rigor. Start slowly, by walking and when you feel you are stronger, go faster, and increase activity and endurance or weights as your body allows. Don't go up too fast. You'll get there in time. ...Read more

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When does a very bad cough need imm med attention? No mucus or fever. Cough so deep causing pain in chest. And makes breathing clear hard. Pneumonia?

When does a very bad cough need imm med attention? No mucus or fever. Cough so deep causing pain in chest. And makes breathing clear hard. Pneumonia?

Peroxide Humidifier: Do you have a cool mist humidifier? Fill it with one bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and two bottles of water. That will give you a 1% aerosolized mist of hydrogen peroxide. Just put it in your bedroom, or wherever you happen to be. The peroxide kills the bugs on contact (virus or bacteria) and breaks down into water and oxygen. I've used this regimen to treat pneumonia without antibiotics. ...Read more

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Immuno compromised (cellcept) o2 of 92. Crackling when breathing & deep cough no fever. Should I still worry about pneumonia? Have sarcoidosis in lungs

Immuno compromised (cellcept) o2 of 92. Crackling when breathing & deep cough no fever. Should I still worry about pneumonia? Have sarcoidosis in lungs

For sure: Get checked CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) not only decreases your ability to raise an infection response and that means a fever too! ...Read more

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Both of my mom's arms feel numb & pins & needles sensation & heavy? She has pneumonia & feels worse after breathing exercise w/ pump & left breathless

Hyperventilation: Can have this effect...How quickly does she recover? If backing off a but on breathing exercises does not help then talk to her doctor. ...Read more

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Occasionally, I experience abrupt deep breathing..

Occasionally, I experience abrupt deep breathing..

Deep Breathing: Sighing or deep breathing as you call it is normal. It happens many times per hour and is the way the lungs have of opening all of their air spaces regularly so that fluids and other things do not block the airway or cause damage to the lungs. ...Read more

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Why does deep breathing cause pain in the chest?

Why does deep breathing cause pain in the chest?

Depends on pain type: Are you talking 'congestion' or sharp pains? Sharp chest pains with deep inspiration are usually due to ribs which are locked down (exhalation position). Inhaling causes the other ribs to rise, but that one is stuck. An osteopathic physician can both listen to lungs and do a good general physical, but can also use her hands to find a stuck rib or vertebra and fix it with gentle manipulation. ...Read more

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Deep breathing causes strange cough. What can I do?

Deep breathing causes strange cough. What can I do?

Hyperreactive Airway: When deep breathing causes cough you frequently have hyperreactive airways or asthma. It may be associated with bad coughing spells, chest tightness or wheezing if you develop a respiratory infection such as a sinus infection or bronchitis. Acute bacterial or viral bronchitis can also cause coughing with deep breathing. See your primary care physician. ...Read more

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Can deep breathing reduce your weight and also maintain a person's health?

Can deep breathing reduce your weight and also maintain a person's health?

Maybe: Deep breathing helps the lungs to stay healthy and may also reduce stress which might contribute to weight. ...Read more

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How many times a day should you do deep breathing for anxiety? And for how long?

How many times a day should you do deep breathing for anxiety? And for how long?

There's more to it..: You can breathe more correctly almost all the time. Shallow is never as good as full and the exhale is what we often get wrong. Completely empty the lungs to remove "old" stuff and make room for refreshing new oxygen. Sometimes 1 or 2 deep out-breaths - even a big groan or shout helps. Try a few cycles of 4 secs nasal inhales, 7 sec hold-ins & 8 sec full, slow pursed lip exhales. Let it be a habit. ...Read more

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What dose it mean if my baby's had loud deep breathing since birth... She is now 3 months?

What dose it mean if my baby's had loud deep breathing since birth... She is now 3 months?

Laryngomalacia: Usually it is due to soft cartilage of the voice box, and or the wind pipe. If that is true, lying the baby on her stomach would improve the noise. You should ask a doctor to check it and not put her on her stomach to sleep unless the doctor tells you to do it. There are other causes of noisy breathing. ...Read more

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Hi I've for the past two days I've been jogging, I've been doing a lot of deep breathing and now when I breath deep it hurts is it normal? Georgina

Hi I've for the past two days I've been jogging, I've been doing a lot of deep breathing and now when I breath deep it hurts is it normal? Georgina

Possibilities...: Your discomfort with deep breathing may be musculoskeletal from jogging. There are muscles, cartilage, bone, etc. In the chest wall and any of these structures may have been injured with jogging. Another possibility is exercise-induced bronchospasm. If it is musculoskeletal, it will get better with rest, acetaminophen, etc. If it doesn't, see doctor for diagnosis/treatment of bronchospasm. ...Read more

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I have an inability to relax and sit still, even when I use deep breathing. Why is this and what is a quick fix for when I need to immediately relax?

I have an inability to relax and sit still, even when I use deep breathing. Why is this and what is a quick fix for when I need to immediately relax?

See Your Doctor: 17 y.o. on meds for depression, bipolar. Your symptoms are consistent with Anxiety Disorder however your other conditions may also be creating anxiety for you. It is important that you obtain Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which will empower you to control your thoughts rather than be controlled. Should also consider medication side-effects as cause. See your doctor for correct diagnosis & treatment ...Read more

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Deep breathing causes strange cough. Is it my lungs?

Deep breathing causes strange cough. Is it my lungs?

Cough: No way to tell that for sure. There are many causes of cough to include airway abnormlities/ parenchymal or lung tissue abnormalities/ vascular abnormalities/etc. Recommend seeing your doctor! ...Read more

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Woke up with discomfort and pain in upper right side of chest. Worsens when lying down and deep breathing.

Woke up with discomfort and pain in upper right side of chest. Worsens when lying down and deep breathing.

See a doctor: I am worried about the pain with laying down, sometimes that may be a sign for pericarditis, an inflammation of the pericardium which is a layer that wraps around the heart. This condition can lead to potential for morbidity and mortality and needs to be evaluated immediately ...Read more

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How can I stop this electric current going through my body due to anxiety? I tried deep breathing. Will I die from this shock? I'm going to dr. Tmrw.

How can I stop this electric current going through my body due to anxiety? I tried deep breathing. Will I die from this shock? I'm going to dr. Tmrw.

Evaluation: I am glad that you have an apt with your doctor soon. Please try to be open with your doctor about this problem. Anxiety disorders are very common and very treatable. Medication in combination with counseling is extremely effective. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can deep breathing or panting improve my sex life?

Can deep breathing or panting improve my sex life?

What needs improving: It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Most people are already deep breathing or panting during sex because it is physically demanding. Excessive panting can make you pass out...Not fun. Some people feel that holding your breath during an orgasm can enhance the pleasure, but don't go overboard. People have died from strangulation during sex. ...Read more

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Is deep breathing meditation a type of alternative medicine?

Yes: All contemplative practices whether it is yoga, tai chi, chi gong or meditations are part of alternative medicine. It is understanding that we are connected to our physical body through our emotions, mental well being and spiritual self. When we have that balance, people have optimal health. ...Read more

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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more