Pulmonary edema means you have fluid building up in your lungs.
That can make it hard for you to breathe.
Trouble breathing with a lot of sweating.
Breathing that sounds bubbly or like wheezing or gasping.
Can fluid in the lungs go away on its own?
A minor pleural effusion often goes away on its own without treatment. Pleural effusion can also be treated by removing fluid from the pleural space. This may help relieve symptoms, such as shortness of breath and chest pain. It can also help the lungs to expand more fully.
How do you remove fluid from the lungs?
Thoracentesis is a procedure in which a needle is inserted into the pleural space between the lungs and the chest wall. This procedure is done to remove excess fluid, known as a pleural effusion, from the pleural space to help you breathe easier. It may be done to determine the cause of your pleural effusion.
What are the symptoms of fluid on the lungs?
Common symptoms of pleural effusion include:
- chest pain.
- dry cough.
- difficulty breathing when lying down.
- shortness of breath.
- difficulty taking deep breaths.
- persistent hiccups.
- difficulty with physical activity.
What causes fluid in the lungs?
In most cases, heart problems cause pulmonary edema. But fluid can accumulate for other reasons, including pneumonia, exposure to certain toxins and medications, trauma to the chest wall, and visiting or exercising at high elevations.