Home Remedies for Atelectasis

There are no home remedies for the treatment of atelectasis. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water or other fluids daily may help to thin lung secretions making them easier to cough up

Here are some suggestions that may help prevent or decrease the risk of atelectasis

  • Do not give children any nuts till they are at least 3 years old and have molars with which to chew.
  • Quitting smoking will greatly decrease the risk. Smoking increases mucus production while damaging the cilia that line the bronchial tubes and help carry mucus out of the airways.
  • Deep breathing exercises after surgery can help keep your airways clear and prevent mucus from accumulating.
  • If you are bedridden, make sure that you change your position frequently.

  1. Janet Aldrich, Chapter 62 - Atelectasis, In: Lesley G. King, MVB, MRCVS, DACVECC, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA, Editor(s), Textbook of Respiratory Disease in Dogs and Cats, W.B. Saunders, Saint Louis, 2004, Pages 465-472, ISBN 9780721687063, 10.1016/B978-0-7216-8706-3.50066-9.
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001130/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0062944/