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Is it ok to caugh before the doctor listens to my lungs many thanks ?

Is it ok to caugh before the doctor listens to my lungs many thanks ?

Yes: Coughing may clear the large airways to make it easier to hear the underlying lung sounds. Sometimes your doctor wil first listen, then ask you to cough and then listen again. ...Read more

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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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3 wk bronchitis cough wheezing . Back to doc yesterday listen to my lungs said sound wheezy but not infected . No x ray no meds is that even possible?

3 wk bronchitis cough wheezing . Back to doc yesterday listen to my lungs said sound wheezy but not infected . No x ray no meds is that even possible?

Asthmatic: Bronchitis is very common and some believe is due to allergc reaction to colonizing bacteria in the bronchial tubes The treatment is usually simultaneous administration of an antibiotic and anti asthmatic inhaler(s) X ray will be negative. Suggest you discuss this possibility with your Primary Care Physician. Just a thought!] Dr Z ...Read more

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What do doctors listen for when listening to lungs?

What do doctors listen for when listening to lungs?

Lungs: Doctors listen for air movement and abnormal lung sounds (rales, wheezes, rhonchi) which can indicate a disease or problem in the lungs. ...Read more

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What do doctors listen for when they listen to your lungs?

What do doctors listen for when they listen to your lungs?

Breath sounds: in normal lungs sound like "leaves rustling in a wind-blown forest" as one book describes (McGowan). But the doctor is mainly trying to detect abnormal sounds such as wheezing (can be diffuse or localized and have specific causes), or rales or harsh sand paper like sounds. Absent or reduced lung sounds indicate emphysema or a pneumothorax. ...Read more

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Is it true doctors wont know teens smoke if they listen to their lungs using a stethescope?

Is it true doctors wont know teens smoke if they listen to their lungs using a stethescope?

Yes: Being a smoker doesn't necessarily mean that a doctor can pick it by listening the patient's lungs. Smoking doesn't cause any special audible phenomena, rather than auditory abnormalities that are common in other types of pulmonary/cardiac diseases - bronchitis, asthma, copd, congestive heart failure. However, by listening to a smoker's lungs, the physician may be able to smell the smell of smoke. ...Read more

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If I had tuberculosis. Would my doc be able to tell just by listening to lungs?

If I had tuberculosis. Would my doc be able to tell just by listening to lungs?

No: No one could diagnose tuberculosis by listening to lungs alone. The right clinical history and exam could help make the diagnosis. But you would need a culture typically from your sputum sample to grow the bacteria, mycobacterium tuberculosis, for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can doctors check for serious lung probs by listening to chest/back?

Can doctors check for serious lung probs by listening to chest/back?

While many: Decry the low sensitivity and specificity of physical exam, serious problems like bronchospasm can only be detevted by phys ex. Pleural fluid can be as well. But i've never detected a 5mm nodule with a stethoscope. Wheezing stertorous breath sounds rales and rhonchi are still important findings and help secure a diagnisis. ...Read more

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Went to fam doc twice she listened to my lungs said both times they sound good i can breath but i feel like im forcing deep breaths in every 30 secs or so. She said anxiety but its been going on for a week. Can she tell how ljngs are listening?

Went to fam doc twice she listened to my lungs said both times they sound good i can breath but i feel like im forcing deep breaths in every 30 secs or so. She said anxiety but its been going on for a week. Can she tell how ljngs are listening?

Reasonably well: The listening part of the exam is a 1st step. If it's good - there's probably no need for more. If it's bad, a more demanding step like x-ray may be taken. From there, if new evidence is found it can progress. At each stage, a discovered issue may lead to Tx. None was heard in your lungs. Anxiety can be the basis. Consider CBT to eval and teach anxiety mgmt skills. It can be very helpful . ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more