What Causes a Chest Rattle?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 24, 2020 6:16:34 PM ET

Different conditions can cause a chest rattle, including an infection, according to Healthline. Chest rattling is often referred to as rales.

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Some other issues that can cause abnormal chest sounds include fluid in the lungs and lung disease. When people experience rattling, they may also suffer from shortness of breath or a tightness of the chest. In order to find the exact cause of the rattling, the person should consult a doctor. Only a doctor can determine the cause and give advice on how to alleviate the symptoms. For severe shortness of breath, a person should seek emergency medical attention.