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Dr. Ralph White

Pulmonology
Akron, OH
51 years experience male

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Pulmonology

Languages spoken

English

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
No: Wheezing after smoking can be seen in chronic bronchitis and asthma, which can be worsened by tobacco smoking causing inflammation and swelling of the... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
weeks: Bronchial inflammation and increased mucus production should return to normal in 1-2 mo. Bronchospasm from smoke irritation should also be much bette... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Not necessarily: Central calcification, laminated or stippled calcification (popcorn) calcified nodules are benign. However, calcifications on the edge or periphery o... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Sinusitis: With bacterial or viral sinusitis you will have pressure over your ethmoid, maxillary, and frontal sinuses which are to each side of your nose, in the... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Combination long act: This is most likely from asthma, and probably of the moderate persistent stage if it occurs nitely. Use a combination long acting bronchodilator/inha... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
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Serious symptom: If you are forty and have been a smoker of ten to twenty pack years and you don't have acute bacterial bronchitis and you know you coughed it up and a... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
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Acne: I have never seen chili as a cause of acne.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph White
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Yes: Minocycline can resolve acute acne.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
t depends on severit: It depends on the severity of copd. In severe COPD 02 saturations of the blood can drop with mild exertion, whereas with mild COPD o2 saturation may ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Strep throat or viru: All of the symptoms sounds mainly like a viral ., but this could also be a viral upper and lower respiratory infection or atypical pneumonia. This ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Arthritic disease or: Cough alone could be many things including asthma post nasal drainage, or acid reflux, but to put all the symptoms together it sounds like you may ha... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
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Feeling thirsty and: Feeling thirsty and hungry frequently, passing more urine than usual, weakness, and weight loss.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
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Blood clots , inflam: Blood clots, inflammation of the vessel wall by vasculitis, ppulmonary hypertension which is increased pressure in the arteries, and capillary leakage... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Probably one day whi: Probably one day, which is a guess (24 hrs.) it's half life is 2 hrs, and it is metabolized by the liver and excreted by the kidneys into the urine. ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
No need to stay insi: Your son does not need to stay inside. He should have a quick relief inhaler to use when short of breath, and if he has symptoms morethan twice a wee... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Three most common di: I would think of common diseases before uncommon diseases. The most common causes of a dry cough are post nasal drainage, asthma and acid reflux. Les... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Sob, wheezing: Rsv in infants can cause croup characterized by increased respiratory rate, working hard to breathe, wheezing and coughing. It can be a serious condit... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Possible: If the cancer involves the distal esophageal sphincter, the valve which separates the esophagus and stomach it is possible that it could cause acid re... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Most likely asthma: You need to see your physician again. This is most likely asthma, but could be post nasal drainage or acid reflux. You will likely need a maintenance... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Find the cause first: The most common causes of a cough are post nasal drainage, asthma which can be allergic or non allergic, and acid reflux. See your doctor. You will ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
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To accomodate increa: To accommodate an increased volume of blood and prevent increased pulmonary capillary pressures that would cause fluid to go from the capillaries into... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Not a fixed percent: You can't say that the systemic arterial pressure is always 5 times the pulmonary arterial pressure because each can vary. But the branching of the p... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Hyperreactive Airway: When deep breathing causes cough you frequently have hyperreactive airways or asthma. It may be associated with bad coughing spells, chest tightness o... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Har coughing: With viral or bacterial bronchitis and hard coughing you can cough up blood. With asthma and hard coughing you can cough up blood. With bacterial pne... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Initial study and CP: A sleep study is initially done to see if the patient has sleep apnea. If the patient has obstructive sleep apnea the patient is advised to have a st... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Sinus: The thicker phlegm that you cough up is usually from the goblet sells which are on the surface layer of your bronchial tubes and from the bronchial mu... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Constricted bronchia: Wheezing usually indicates constricted bronchial tubes in asthma, or mucus in the bronchial tubes in copd. You need to determinet the exact cause of y... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Rash: It is difficult to diagnose a rash without seeing it. I would see your primary care physician, and if he or she can't diagnose it, i would see a der... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Anxiety, asthma: Sometimes asthma can present with chest tightness without coughing, wheezing or sob. You can go for hrs., feeling like you can't get a good breath. ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Health consequences: First you have to realize all the adverse health effects of smoking such as copd, lung, throat, esophageal, bladder, stomach and probably pancreatic ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Viral or bacterial: Viral bronchitis is characterized by coughing some clear mucus and will usually last less than a week. Antibiotics are ineffective and not recommended... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Within a few weeks: If you quit smoking before you have moderate to severe COPD which is the term encompassing chronic bronchitis and emphysema you will see improvement i... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Viral vs bacterial: A viral bronchitis is characterized by a non-productive cough and will usually clear in a week. Antibiotics will not help, and prescribing antibiotic... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Anxiety or bronchosp: Sometimes being conscious of the need to take a deep breath can be due to anxiety, but this can also be seen with bronchospasm in asthma. Some people... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph White
51 years experience
Rash: The rash is unlikely related to .Her asthma. I would take her to her family practice doctor or pediatrician. Maybe she has measles.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. White is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. White is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you doctor. I think I have a panic attack. It is started 2003 but doctors cant say what it was. .
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1972MD
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