Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pulmonary 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:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Pulmonary Atelectasis Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have atelectasis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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