Atelectasis Home Care
Home care for atelectasis includes:
- Avoid narcotic pain medications.
- Avoid sedatives.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
- Practice breathing deeply before surgery.
- Perform deep breathing exercises:
- After surgery
- After injuries to the chest
- Use cough medications:
- Only as directed by your doctor.
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
Atelectasis Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have atelectasis and any of the following:
Continue to Atelectasis Outlook
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