This question was answered on Fri 25, Apr 2008 03:10am by Dr Paul S, MD

lung noises - crackling sounds while laying down

    
Asked by Unregistered on Thu 24, Apr 2008 06:03am

I have developed a lung infection of sorts, I have a lot of crackling sounds while laying down- I have been diagnosed prior with asthma and take daily meds but this seems over and above--the noise while laying down, the crackling is my concern-HELP

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Answer by Dr Paul S, MD  on Fri 25, Apr 2008 03:10am:

Good day. There can be several explanations regarding these crackling sounds. 1. Your previous lung infection caused changes in the lung parenchyma called "fibrosis". This can result in stiffening of the alveolar walls and make them less compliant to changes in air pressure. Pneumonias (lung parenchyma infection) can also result in persistent crackling sounds that may take sometime to completely heal. 2. If you have asthma, then you can have copious secretions brought about by alveolar and small airway edema. If the asthma is uncontrolled, then you have these persistent crackling sounds. 3. A condition called bronchiectasis, which results to permanent dilatation of the large airways (brought about by repeated lung infections) can cause these sounds especially if secretions pool inside the bronchus during lying down. 4. Persistent infections with other organisms like tuberculosis can also present like this, as well as new growths or neoplasms in the lung. I suggest you discuss these closely with your doctors so that you can be properly worked up and managed effectively. Regards and God bless...

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Had really bad heart burn last night woke me was nearly sick then could nt get back to sleep for couging and hearing a crackiling noise coming from my throat is it the heart burn that caused this ?

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