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Collapsed Lung (cont.)

Collapsed Lung Self-Care at Home

There is no home care for a pneumothorax.

Easing symptoms: A simple pneumothorax can be eased by holding a soft pillow against the chest wall if the collapsed lung occurs because of a fractured rib from blunt trauma. This splints the fracture and lessens the pain of each breath. Do not tape the ribs or chest wall as this can impair respiration and worsen the situation.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/3/2014

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