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Your Lungs

Breath sounds can be normal or abnormal. Panting is expected during vigorous cardiovascular exercise. Normal respiratory sounds are faint, requiring amplification to hear. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term for a variety of respiratory conditions. Abnormal breath sounds can indicate a lung problem, such as:

  • Asthma
  • Fluid in lungs
  • Inflammation
  • Infection
  • Obstruction

Within a quiet room, perhaps while drifting off to sleep, it may be possible to hear crackles (rales) or wheezing (rhonchi). If you hear your whistles and crackles while breathing with or without a stethoscope, a pulmonologist can assist with diagnosis and treatment.

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Kevin Williams is a health advocate and writer of hundreds of articles for multiple websites, including: A Bit More Healthy, KevinMD, and Sue’s Nutrition Buzz.

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