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Is It Possible To Lose Your Voice Due To Allergies
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Aphonia: Depends on the cause &extent of injury to the vocal cords. ...Read more
Possible: There is a communication between the middle ear and the back of the nasal cavity leading to the throat, named eustachian tube. Most commonly allergic inflmmation and secretions may block this important drainage duct with accumulation of fluid behind the eardrum, interfering with hearing. When drained, hearing returns. 'popping' during flights involve the opening/close of this tube. ...Read more
No: Vertigo is the name of a feeling that you are moving when in actuality you are not. Technically speaking vertigo is just a symptom and not a disease. What you are really asking is "can stress cause any diseases which cause vertigo?" The answer is still no. Most causes of true vertigo come from the ear. The other small percentage come from the central nervous system and would be more worrisome ...Read more
Minor contribution: Asthma is a structural problem with a normal protective mechanism in your small airways. They are designed to close off if triggered by noxious agents to protect the sensitive lung tissue & reopen when the agent is gone. In asthma, you close off easily but re-open less so. Allergies are thought to be about 5-10% of the triggers & avoiding them can help, but the disease is more complex. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it good to put your child on anti-depressants to loose weight if he's overeating due to depression?
Depends: I am not a child specialist, but in general i would not use antidepressants to loose wt. But i would consider the total amount of distress and disfunction associated with the depression, including, poor school performance, social anxiety, motivation, suicidal ideation, etc. Any child should get therapy as well as medications if necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a sensitivity to shellfish where it causes excessive vomiting. Is there any way to be able to take a pill or something that allows me to eat it?
Can you tell me I have IBS and i'm trying to see a gastrologist. Is this weight gain or is it due to the constipation?
Is it possible for your throat to spasm and cut off your breathing? If so how common is this and what's the cause?
Possible, uncommon: You are describing what may be construed as laryngospasm. Your vocal cords can paradoxically adduct(close) and cause an abrupt shortness of breath. This can be related to many issues such as postnasal drip, acid reflux, paradoxical vocal cord motion disorders, and other causes. You need to see an ENT for detailed history, exam and videostroboscopy(special exam of vocal cords). ...Read more
Yes: Most people do not actually loose their taste buds, they just loose the ability to taste. This can be temporary due to medication or an illness or it can be more permanent. Check out the medication you are using such as asthma inhalants, etc. On the web to look for side effects and then contact your md to ask about specific medications. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gradual, high tones: It takes place gradually over several years. It begins with the high tones and progressively extends to the lower frequencies. ...Read more
Splinting: Obstructive apnea is often a "side-effect" of the body's self-preservation mode during sleep. The same mechanisms that prevent us from acting out our dreams (think sleep walking and its risks). When muscles are "paralyzed" in sleep, the loss of tone of the muscles of the throat result in partial (snoring) or complete (apnea) collapse when inhaling. CPAP or dental devices splint the airway open. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there anyway to retrain your breathing? If your lungs are used to chronic hyperventilation is there anyway to reverse this?
Not really: Hyperventilation is either a physiological response to co2 or o2 levels in your blood sensed by the chemoreceptors in your brain or from an anxiety provoking mechanism (panic attack). So either you retain co2 due to copd/emphysema or you have high levels of Adrenalin from anxiety that stimulate hyperventilation. If the hyperventilation is from the latter you may try relaxation techniques. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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