Intercostal Retractions: Causes, Treatments & Prevention
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What causes intercostal recession? 8 possible conditions

Your intercostal muscles are attached to your ribs, and they normally contract and move your ribs up when you breathe in air. At the same time, your diaphragm drops lower, and your lungs fill with air. When you have a partial blockage in your upper airway... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.


Transitory Tachypnea of Newborn

When a baby is delivered, the amniotic fluid should be expelled from their lungs. If this doesn't happen, a mild condition called transient tachypnea develops.

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Neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome

A full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. This gives the fetus time to grow. At 40 weeks, the organs are usually fully developed. If a baby is born too early, the lungs may not be fully developed, and they may not functio...

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Epiglottitis is characterized by inflamed tissue in your epiglottis. It's a potentially life-threatening illness. The epiglottis is at the base of the tongue.

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Anaphylaxis can occur when you have a severe reaction to certain allergens. Learn what the symptoms are and what to do if this happens.

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Croup is a viral condition that causes swelling around the vocal cords. It's most active in the fall and winter months and targets children under the age of 5.

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Bronchiolitis is a viral respiratory condition in which the bronchioles in the lungs become inflamed or damaged, restricting the ability to breathe.

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Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. General symptoms include chest pain, fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

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Asthma Overview

Learn about asthma. Explore the types of asthma and read information about their symptoms, causes and treatments. Continue reading!

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