10 Fluid In Lungs Symptoms

By shirley
Reviewed: dr. stavarache
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Fluid in the lungs, or pulmonary edema, is a condition in which the air sacs in the lungs fill with fluid. Issues involving the heart commonly cause fluid to develop in the lungs, but other causes may include injury to the chest wall, pneumonia and exposure to toxins, chemicals or medications. A person traveling to or exercising in high altitudes where the air contains less oxygen may also develop fluid in the lungs.

Sometimes fluid accumulates in the lungs slowly, causing few symptoms and dissipating without treatment. In other cases, pulmonary edema develops quickly and may be life-threatening, making immediate treatment critical.1‘Pulmonary Edema.’ Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pulmonary-edema/symptoms-causes/syc-20377009

Breathing Difficulty

A person with fluid in the lungs may experience a great deal of difficulty breathing or exhibit extreme shortness of breath, especially when lying down. The person may wheeze, grunt and gurgle, gasp for air and have trouble speaking in full sentences.

Pulmonary edema may cause a person to feel as if they're drowning or suffocating. Sometimes referred to as air hunger, this sensation may also worsen when lying down. Some people experience this feeling an hour or two after they fall asleep. It may cause them to wake up, struggling to breathe.1‘Pulmonary Edema.’ Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pulmonary-edema/symptoms-causes/syc-20377009,2‘Pulmonary Edema.’ MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000140.htm


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