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Rhonchi Lung Sounds
When you listen to the lungs of an ex-preemie, do you define "clear lung sounds" differently than with a kid without bpd? please explain.
Clear means clear...: Clear lung sounds means the doctor does not hear the sounds of wheezing (as in asthma), stridor (as in croup or a narrowed airway), rhonchi (as in rattling mucus globs), etc... However, some patients with chronic lung disease (some are preemies, many are not) have lungs that never sound completely clear. One's regular doctor knows this, and might say "clear lung sounds" to mean no new bad sounds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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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