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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Does a breathing tube down your throat breathe for you? What does it do exactly?

Creates a pathway: A breathing tube (endotracheal tube) is a tube that goes through your nose or mouth into the trachea. The outer part can then attach to an oxygen tank, a ventilator, etc. The breathing tube is merely a conduit to deliver and remover oxygen and carbon dioxide respectively. ...Read more

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How long will my throat hurt after getting a breathing tube taken out?

How long will my throat hurt after getting a breathing tube taken out?

Breathing tube: After a surgery or some kind of procedure done under general anesthesia, the throat is commonly sore as a result of the endotracheal tube, the breathing tube used to protect your airway. Most people will have a scratchy throat for a few days up to a few weeks. If sore throat lasts longer than that, you should have someone take a look to make sure you don't have a more serious problem. ...Read more

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Airway dilation, what's the chance of needing a trach? Now has leak around her breathing tube. 24wk 6 day preemie girl. 1lb 6.2oz @birth 3lb 9.4 oz

Airway dilation, what's the chance of needing a trach? Now has leak around her breathing tube. 24wk 6 day preemie girl. 1lb 6.2oz @birth 3lb 9.4 oz

Air leak: Some degree of air leak is OK so long as there is adequate ventilation. It is preferable not to do a tracheostomy because very small size of baby. The neonatologist can elect to change to bigger size tube if ventilation becomes ineffective. ...Read more

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Does a breathing tube down your throat breathe for you?

Does a breathing tube down your throat breathe for you?

Yes: The breathing tube, called an endotracheal tube, goes through your mouth and into your windpipe (trachea). This allows doctors to breathe for you using a ventilator that uses positive pressure to get air into your lungs. You can also get anesthetic gases to help you you asleep. ...Read more

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Ways to heal a sore throat from a breathing tube?

Ways to heal a sore throat from a breathing tube?

Soothing measures: To sooth the irritation from a breathing tube, try a mild cough suppressant to decrease the hacking cough that often accompanies the irritation. The more you cough, the more you irritate the windpipe. ...Read more

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Does a breathing tube down your throat breathe for you? What does it do exactly?

Creates a pathway: A breathing tube (endotracheal tube) is a tube that goes through your nose or mouth into the trachea. The outer part can then attach to an oxygen tank, a ventilator, etc. The breathing tube is merely a conduit to deliver and remover oxygen and carbon dioxide respectively. ...Read more

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How long will my throat hurt after getting a breathing tube taken out?

Breathing tube: After a surgery or some kind of procedure done under general anesthesia, the throat is commonly sore as a result of the endotracheal tube, the breathing tube used to protect your airway. Most people will have a scratchy throat for a few days up to a few weeks. If sore throat lasts longer than that, you should have someone take a look to make sure you don't have a more serious problem. ...Read more

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Does a breathing tube down your throat breathe for you? Is this an awkward feeling?

Does a breathing tube down your throat breathe for you? Is this an awkward feeling?

Breathing tube: Is used to seal and protect your airway and lungs from stomach acid (which is why you have surgery on empty stomach!) as well as to deliver oxygen and remove co2. The endotracheal tube or laryngeal mask also allow monitoring of gas levels and core temp. Anesthetist or anesthesiologist (or more commonly for longer cases ventilator machine) actually deliver the puff of inspired air; tube is the path. ...Read more

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I know that this sounds kinda funny but, I've had this feeling in my throat that goes to my end of my rib cage, like a breathing tube.

Strange sensation: Its difficult to tell. You may have gastric reflux. I see you've had extensive GI studies. Why? . You are also on Methadone and may have inhaled airway irritants in the past. Your medical history is likely much more complicated than you report and your symptom too vague to properly describe let alone diagnose. If you are having difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Sore throat loss of speech after breathing tubes. What can this be? And how can it be treated?

Sore throat loss of speech after breathing tubes. What can this be? And how can it be treated?

Depends: People can have a slightly hoarse voice and a sore throat after intubation, this will resolve and should get better in a couple of days. However, if there is complete loss of voice (or very hoarse), or if it is taking longer-this is not typical and could be a sign of a problem. Uncommonly, the arytenoid cartilage can be dislocated. Don't delay if one is still very hoarse after a couple of days. ...Read more

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Had septoplasty done yesterday but throat is killing me from breathing tube and constantly being dry from mouth breathing. Any suggestions?

Had septoplasty done yesterday but throat is killing me from breathing tube and constantly being dry from mouth breathing. Any suggestions?

Stay hydrated: Make sure you are drinking at least 60 oz of water daily. Using a humidifier or vaporizer may be helpful in adding some moisture to the air you are breathing. Lozenges and salt water gargles can ease the throat pain. I hope you are feeling better soon. ...Read more

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Had op for my sinuses 3 weeks ago since then I've had a constant sore throat hurts to swallow, could the breathing tube scratched my throat?

Had op for my sinuses 3 weeks ago since then I've had a constant sore throat hurts to swallow, could the breathing tube scratched my throat?

Sore throat after: It is possible that you have a sore throat after being intubated by the anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist for your surgery. If this occurs, it usually only last a few days. I would go back to your surgeon and have them take a look at your throat ASAP. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the optimal pattern of breathing for patient with obstructive airway disease?

Please help! What is the optimal pattern of breathing for patient with obstructive airway disease?

Any: There is no optimal patters. Breath normally & at times hold breath X few seconds & blow out through your moth partially close as in blowing a balloon. It will help ypur respiratory muscles. By keeping a slow pattern will oxygenated without causing acid-base problems ...Read more

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I have broncho spasm and I heard that smoking marijuana can expand your airways for better breathing? Could this be true?

I have broncho spasm and I heard that smoking marijuana can expand your airways for better breathing? Could this be true?

Not long-term: There was one study that showed short-term marijuana use could be associated with some bronchodilation, but that long-tern use produced symptoms of obstructive lung disease (sputum production, cough, difficulty catching breath, etc). So it seems that ultimately, marijuana can irritate your lungs just as effectively as regular cigarettes. Plus, its smoke contains more carcinogens. ...Read more

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Is there optimal pattern of breathing with obstructive airway disease?

Is there optimal pattern of breathing with obstructive airway disease?

Hmm: There are different characteristics that make one persons sleep apnea better than another's, but there is no optimal pattern. Apneas are already abnormal breathing patterns. ...Read more

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Is there an optimal pattern of breathing when you have obstructive airway disease?

Is there an optimal pattern of breathing when you have obstructive airway disease?

Pursed lip breathing: Pts with COPD who practice pursed lip breathing keep their airways open a little longer allowing more air into the lung. Most COPD pts learn this technique early on in their disease course. ...Read more

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What could be causing trouble breathing? I feel it in my upper airway, like it is swollen. The symptom comes and goes on its own. No other symptoms.

What could be causing trouble breathing? I feel it in my upper airway, like it is swollen. The symptom comes and goes on its own. No other symptoms.

It is best to see: Your doctor. It seems you have had pft to determine if you have lung problem and I suppose that is normal. What seems to be happening is you tighten you throat or upper trachea. It is not swollen actually as it comes and goes, swelling does not do that, tightening does. It may even be vocal cord dysfunction, but unclear. Wait for you doctor to do all tests and diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can et tube help if you have upper airway obstruction?

Can et tube help if you have upper airway obstruction?

Yes!: An endotracheal tube is one of the ways that upper airway obstruction can be managed in an emergency, because it goes into the windpipe (trachea) and provides a route for air exchange. However, it's important to identify the cause of the obstruction: obesity, sleep apnea, enlarged tonsils, cancer, or a large thyroid gland are among possible causes. Finding and treating the cause is key. ...Read more

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16 m.o. son, reactive airway disease, needs PE tubes, I'm afraid of anesthesia and it's effect on his RAD.?

16 m.o. son, reactive airway disease, needs PE tubes, I'm afraid of anesthesia and it's effect on his RAD.?

Just let them know: RAD is not a reason not to have tubes, I have even used general anesthesia to stop a status asthmaticus in a kid with bad asthma (worked well when nothing else did). As long as the anesthesiologist knows the kids past history they can modify any plans they need to. ...Read more

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Does a cpap breathing machine keep your throat airway open?

Does a cpap breathing machine keep your throat airway open?

Yes -that's the idea: Continuous positive airway pressure (cpap), in theory, acts like an "air splint" - keeping the soft, floppy part of the airway open when you inhale. The upper airway is like a floppy tube. If you inhale on one end, the tube will collapse. CPAP helps prevent this. The pressure, however, needs to be adjusted for each individual as the requirements vary from person to person. ...Read more

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Posture related breathing problems. I'm unable to exhale fully and don't know if its asthma, airway remodeling, allergies, or something else.?

Posture related breathing problems. I'm unable to exhale fully and don't know if its asthma, airway remodeling, allergies, or something else.?

No: That is a common and overrated opinion about bad posturing. The only known posture related breathing restriction is related to rotoscoliosis or abnormal bending and rotation of the back bone -- most 'bad' posture is not caused by rotoscoliosis but more from lack of fitness and obesity. ...Read more

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Came to er. Got lightheaded took my oxygen it was 80. Vitals now all normal. Have obstructive airway. Broncho, CBC chest Ct normal. Still shallow breathing can't feel heart beat feels soft / for months. Diff chest pains come cancer? Weak confused

Came to er. Got lightheaded took my oxygen it was 80. Vitals now all normal. Have obstructive airway. Broncho, CBC chest Ct normal. Still shallow breathing can't feel heart beat feels soft / for months. Diff chest pains come cancer? Weak confused

Need consultation: It's not possible to give an answer for a complex serious case with multiple symptoms without a consultation. Suggest either visit your doctor or request a live video consultation on HealthTap. ...Read more

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How does hyperactive airway disease affect your breathing especially your exhale? What is the best way to strengthen your exhale without albuterol?

How does hyperactive airway disease affect your breathing especially your exhale? What is the best way to strengthen your exhale without albuterol?

Airway tightness: Hyperactive airway disease or asthma is airway narrowing. You can breathe in but it is hard to get air out. For acute symptoms albuterol is best. Use it as needed. If using more than a few times a day it is time to add another med to the albuterol. ...Read more

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Whenever I yell or talk for too long I find that I have a shortness of breath. It feels like something is blocking my airways/breathing. Asthma?

Whenever I yell or talk for too long I find that I have a shortness of breath. It feels like something is blocking my airways/breathing. Asthma?

Possible: Asthma causes shortnes of breath, cough, and musical wheezing during exhalation which the doctor may hear on examination even if you don't hear it. It is very treatable. If you feel it on talking it probably is slowing you down in other ways so why not get examined by your doc or school nurse? ...Read more

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Daughter had airway cyst at 6mnths. Had tracheostomy. Now shez 1yr. She has noisy breathing since operation. Reacts to asthma meds. Asthma or Operation?

Daughter had airway cyst at 6mnths. Had tracheostomy. Now shez 1yr. She has noisy breathing since operation. Reacts to asthma meds. Asthma or Operation?

Mgt: A virtual appointment would be helpful so that her medical records, surgical treatment may be further evaluated.
Following trach placement, airway noise is common and often due to mucus, air leak and possibly tissue in the trach. What sort of reaction does she have? Does she improve? Asthma medications help to open the airway below the trach and can help her bronchospasm. ...Read more

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My daughter is 10 months old and looks like a 7 months old baby. She eats after that she would still put everything she finds in her mouth. She doesn't have any teeth and her breathing is so bad. Her airways seems to be blocked somehow.?

My daughter is 10 months old and looks like a 7 months old baby. She eats after that she would still put everything she finds in her mouth. She doesn't have any teeth and her breathing is so bad. Her airways seems to be blocked somehow.?

List: Make written list of your concerns. Take pictures of anything about which you are concerned. Then make an an appointment with your daughter's Pediatrician, who is an expert in infant's growth and development, and cover over each item on your list and each photograph. Also, at your child's 1st birthday make an appointment for her to see a specialist in children's oral health, a Pediatric Dentist. ...Read more

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Lately I've had trouble breathing while I sleep. I wake up several times because of it, wheezing and my airway feels tight. Better when I'm standing.?

Lately I've had trouble breathing while I sleep. I wake up several times because of it, wheezing and my airway feels tight. Better when I'm standing.?

Orthopnea: This may be an indication of a serious cardiac or pulmonary condition like congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, or even liver disease/congestion. You should have this evaluated by your doctor soon. ...Read more

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15yr female is having difficulties breathing. Her airway is swollen since ER visit yesterday. Little response to Inhaler, Benadryl, oral steroid. Her HR is now mid 50's today. Suggestions on what to do?

15yr female is having difficulties breathing. Her airway is swollen since ER visit yesterday. Little response to Inhaler, Benadryl, oral steroid. Her HR is now mid 50's today. Suggestions on what to do?

May need to call 911: A person whose "airway is swollen" and having "difficulties breathing" may need to go by ambulance immediately to the ER, which means calling 911. That's what "swollen airway, difficulty breathing" means to a doctor. However, if a non-doctor is using those words to describe much milder symptoms (impossible to say without seeing the patient), it may be ok to driver her to the doctor or to the ER. ...Read more

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Can I have a endotracheal tube inserted while completely awake for nose job to protect airway if I want? Getting nose job done under local anesthesia

Can I have a endotracheal tube inserted while completely awake for nose job to protect airway if I want? Getting nose job done under local anesthesia

Endotracheal tube: Endotracheal tube cannot be inserted when you're fully awake because you would not be able to tolerate anything down your airways without coughing and laryngospasm (spasm of your voicebox). Only when the muscles are paralyzed by anesthetic or when you are out of it due to a respiratory distress you can have endotracheal tube placed. ...Read more

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Did a breathing test today all tests were 80s to 100s % Range overall good. Small airway was 72 is that bad? Is it normal to get your heart rate up and pulse and not feel pounding heart beat in chest? Scared for a year Lump feeling throat weak pulse.

Did a breathing test today all tests were 80s to 100s % Range overall good. Small airway was 72 is that bad? Is it normal to get your heart rate up and pulse and not feel pounding heart beat in chest? Scared for a year Lump feeling throat weak pulse.

Normal: Your spirometry results appear ok. Many people with rapid heart rates do not feel palpitations or forceful beat. Lump sensation in the throat is quite characteristic of anxiety. If your blood pressure, heart rhythm and heart rate are all normal, I doubt that you have a truly weak pulse. You should consider stress management therapy which I feel will relieve your symptoms. Discuss this with your MD ...Read more

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Suddenly stop breathing and gasp for air for 1 minute I was sound asleep and suddenly was on my feet gasping for breath. Like my air was totally cut off and my airway was in a vaccume lock. I was holding my throat in hopes something would allow air to ent

Suddenly stop breathing and gasp for air for 1 minute I was sound asleep and suddenly was on my feet gasping for breath. Like my air was totally cut off and my airway was in a vaccume lock. I was holding my throat in hopes something would allow air to ent

Hello.: Hello. I want to start by letting you know that I cannot diagnose your condition. I don't know if you have a partner or not. If yes, ask your partner if you snore loudly at night or if he or she ever notices that you stop breathing. I would contact your doctor your doctor might recommend a sleep study. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more