Lung Disease and Respiratory System
1 AnswerPenn Medicine answeredA hemothorax is a collection of blood in the space between the chest wall. In order to treat a hemothorax, a chest tube, inserted through the chest wall, is used to remove the blood and air in the pleural space. It remains in place for several days to re-expand the lung. When a hemothorax is severe, a thoracotomy may be needed to stop the bleeding.
Early studies show that the use of homeopathy may reduce the symptoms and duration of breathing problems. These conditions include runny nose, sinus swelling, or infections such as the flu. Homeopathy may help treat symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections in children. More studies are needed.
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1 AnswerIntermountain Registered Dietitians, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Intermountain HealthcarePulmonary hypertension in a newborn is when the blood vessels in the lungs don’t open up normally after birth. It causes poor circulation in the lungs and limits the oxygen entering the baby’s bloodstream.
1 AnswerMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredA dry cough occurs when your vocal cords slam together explosively, causing irritation and more coughing. This reflex can actually damage the throat, so you want to use a cough suppressant to stop the symptom entirely. Look for a bottle that says “DM,” which stands for dextromethorphan and lasts for 12 hours.
1 AnswerMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredIf your cough is accompanied by mucus, it’s classified as a wet cough. Look for a syrup or pill with an expectorant, which thins the mucus, clears your airways, and quiets the cough. Choose a product containing the ingredient guaifenesin. Take the recommended dosage with a glass of water to help get rid of congestion and lubricate the throat.
1 AnswerCall 911 or go to the hospital emergency room for:
- A baby who can't eat, drink, or cry because of coughing
- Trouble speaking more than 4 or 5 words at a time because of coughing
- Chest pain that goes up to the neck, arm, or jaw
- Passing out
- A lot of trouble breathing
- Coughing up blood or pink, foamy mucus
1 AnswerCall or go to the doctor or clinic for:
- Any coughing in a baby less than 3 months old that affects sleeping or feeding
- In a child under 3 years old, a cough that sounds like a seal barking
- A cough that happens suddenly and doesn't stop for an hour or more
- Wheezing (whistling sound when you breathe in or out)
- Breathing quickly or trouble taking a deep breath
- Losing weight for no reason
- Extreme tiredness
- Sweating at night
- Chest pain when coughing
- Coughing with a high fever or long-lasting fever
- A cough that lasts for 2 weeks and isn't getting better
1 AnswerHere are some things to know and try to help treat a cough:
- Stay away from smoke. Smoke irritates your lungs and airways. If you smoke, stop. If someone in your family smokes, make them go outside to smoke.
- Drink enough liquid. Water can help loosen mucus. Drinking plenty of water makes it easier to cough up and get rid of mucus.
- Sleep with your head raised. Using an extra pillow to raise your head a little may help your cough.
- Suck on cough drops or hard candy. But do not give these to children under 5 years old, because they can choke.
- Try honey. But do not give honey to children under 1 year old.
- Talk with a doctor or pharmacist about what medicines may help your symptoms. You can get some medicines at a pharmacy or grocery store without a prescription. Do not give cough medicine to children under 2 years old.
1 AnswerPeople cough for many different reasons -- and there are many different types of coughs. Here are a few types you can have:
- A cough with mucus. Your cough may bring up globs of sticky fluid called mucus. The mucus may be clear, yellow, green, or tan.
- A dry cough. A dry cough doesn't bring up mucus. It may start with a tickly feeling.
- A cough with a noise. You can have a cough that sounds like a seal barking. Or, you can have a cough with wheezing. Wheezing is a whistling sound when you breathe in or out.
- A cough that lasts for weeks or months. Some coughs last a long time. You may cough throughout the day or just at night. Or, you may cough only when you do certain things (like exercise) or during certain times of the year. If you go to the doctor or clinic because of your cough, the doctor may ask which type of cough you have. Your answer may help the doctor know what's causing your cough.
1 AnswerCoughing is how your body clears your lungs and airways. Coughing can also be a response to something that irritates your throat or airways. Sudden cough in babies or young children may mean they swallowed something that went into their windpipe. Usually, a cough is not harmful and will go away by itself. But sometimes it's a sign of an illness that needs treatment. Rarely, coughing warns of a dangerous problem that requires medical help right away.