How can collapsed lung be prevented?
There is no way to prevent a collapsed lung, although the risk of its recurrence may be reduced. If you have experienced a spontaneous pneumothorax, another one is likely to occur within 2 years.
Here are some tips to prevent a recurrence.
- Stop smoking: Smoking increases the risk of a pneumothorax, so patients are encouraged to quit.
- Avoid air travel until 1 week after complete resolution has been confirmed by a chest X-ray.
- Diving should be discouraged permanently unless a very secure definitive prevention strategy has been performed such as surgery.
- Follow-up with your healthcare provider. If you have a respiratory disorder, schedule regular visits with your doctor.