This question was answered on Mon 11, Oct 2010 07:06pm by Dr.Kokil Mathur

Crackling Noise when exhaling

    
Asked by honeybunxx (Female; 23; N/A; Relevant drugs:N/A ) on Sun 10, Oct 2010 06:41am

I started with a sore throat a couple of weeks ago accompanied by a dry cough, Over the past week the cough became chesty and very productive. Until last week I didn't feel ill like usual with a cold just a bit run down. Over the past few days when i breathe i make a crackling noise when I exhale especially when i lay down on my back or on my right side although this does seem to calm down when I stand up. I have become very lethargic over the last few days and have been experiencing pain in my upper back along with slight tightness in the chest and breathlessness when walking or climbing the stairs. I don't currently have a doctor and with work commitements I don't have time to go to a walk in centre. It's probably just a bad cold but I just wanted to be sure that it may not be something more severe. Should these symptoms clear up over time on their own and where does the crackling noise come from?

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Answer by Dr.Kokil Mathur  on Mon 11, Oct 2010 07:06pm:

Hi! Take steam, do warm saline gargles, sip warm lemonade and hot soups and see if it helps with the noise and cough. Take an OTC antitussive and anti-inflammatory. If it does not help then this could be laryngitis or inflammation of the voice box, smoke inhalation injury to vocal cord, swollen tonsils or adenoids, allergic reaction to smoke or any other allergen or due to excess phlegm secretion again due to allergy. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. You will have to consult a doctor if the tips do not help. Take care!
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