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How To Get Rid Of Pneumothorax
Depends: Small pneumothoraces will get better on their own ... If 10% collaps of your lung, estimate 10 days before gone ... 20%, 20 days. If having shortness of breath, or if pneumothorax getting bigger, then need some type of catheter or tube inserted into the chest to evacuate the pneumothorax until the air leak resolves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I suffer from sporadic pneumothorax because I am a thin tall young male. Is there any way to prevent episodes of pneumothorax? Weight gain helps?
Yes & no: You should be evaluated by a thoracic surgeon for possible surgical treatment, particularly if you have had recurrent episodes. In proper candidates, vats with pleurodesis may have up to 90-95% success. Lack of weight/being "too thin" is not the problem. Thus, weight gain will not help. Better for you to stay fit. It will be important to avoid smoking including marijuana and tobacco. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Intercostal catheter: Icc stands for intercostal catheter that is used to drain the air out of the chest in case of a tension pneumothorax. This tube is inserted in the space between ribs to reach the inside of chest cavity on the involved side & the other end of this tube is kept under water seal with/without suctioning to completely drain the air out of chest cavity. It is left in place until pneumothorax resolves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Observation: Observation is the most natural treatment but only for so long as the patient is not short of breath that oxygenation is compromised. Otherwise, a tube is inserted in the chest cavity to drain the air that is compressing the lung. Needle aspiration of pneumothorax is unreliable. Pain medication may also be needed. ...Read more
Vein treatment: Varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency. Treatment of venous insufficiency can include compression stocking use, endovenous ablation, sclerotherapy, or surgical vein stripping. Therapy is based on location of reflux and patient anatomy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Start with a medical: Eval. It may uncover underlying medical problems that need to be addressed. Seeing a therapist cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective. Psych meds may be indicated. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, qi gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Take care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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