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    Crackling/Bubbling Sound in Lungs
    lavieboheme64 posted:
    Hi there,

    I was hoping you could help me with what to do about some troubling symptoms. Earlier today, I went to the doctor about a bad cough and flu that had been sticking with me for over a week. She said I very likely had H1N1, which had developed into bronchitis, and gave me antibiotics to prevent it from turning into pneumonia. After coming home and laying in bed, a disturbing new symptom emerged. While breathing out, especially after coughing, my lungs are emitting a loud crackling/bubbling noise. It sounds a little like a prolonged belch, but it's definitely not coming from my stomach. If it's helpful, I recorded the sound on my computer and posted it online for download here: It's very cold outside, and I'd rather not tempt fate by going to the hospital if it isn't necessary. Any thoughts? Am I drowning in my own lungs?

    Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
    Sound recordings, photos, videos, etc. are not the same as a hands-on evaluation. Since I do not know anything about you, your complete medical history, or have the ability to examine you, it would not be possible for me to determine the significance, or even source of this aberrant sound you are hearing. It may be phlegm, but this is really a blind (or deaf) guess.

    As much as I would like to help you, or spare you another medical encounter, I cannot answer this type of question on an informational board.

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