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Bronchoconstriction In Children
Stop breathing: Bronchoconstriction, or narrowing of the airways due to swelling and/or spasm, decreases airflow into the lungs, and increases the effort needed to get that air in. This combination of stresses lowers the oxygen level, and if severe enough, a person can become weak, confused, collapse from exhaustion or even stop breathing altogether. This is how people can even die from an asthma attack. ...Read more
Hyperventilation : Not that I have seen or heard of ...Read more
Tightened airways: Bronchoconstriction is narrowing of the air passages between the windpipe and the air sacs of the lungs, and is generally caused by swelling and spasm, which can be caused by infection, asthma, allergies, chemical irritation (smoke, smog or fumes), or a combination of factors. Acute means that a problem started suddenly or is only there for a short while (as opposed to chronic, all the time). ...Read more
What are some cells and inflammatory mediators involved in non-asthmatic exercise induced bronchoconstriction?
Pressure.: Long story...essentially, the pressure pushing upon the airways with expiration causes the airways to close upon themselves, causing air trapping which is one of the hallmarks of COPD and the other obstructive lung diseases. ...Read more
Negative pressure: When you breathe in, your chest wall and diaphragm expand and create decreased pressure in your lungs. Because the bronchoconstriction is also inside your lungs, the negative pressure causes the airway to expand as well, and air flows in easily. When you breathe out, the chest wall and diaphragm relax, and pressure in the lungs increases. This snaps the airways closed again, like a valve. ...Read more
Why is breathing in during inspiration not affected by bronchoconstriction (asthma/copd)? I need some advice.
Bronchoconstriction: Lung disease is defined as either restricted or obstructed. Bronchoconstriction is, by definition, an obstructed condition. Obstructed diseases limit the ability to exhale air out of the lungs. Asthma and COPD are examples of diseases that lead to airway obstruction, where exhalation is affected, not inhalation. ...Read more
Bronchoconstriction (asthma/copd) affects breathing out during expiration, but not breathing in during inspiration, how come?
This is a fancy term of when airway pressure is more on the outside of your airways and collapses as you exhale. This pressure difference happens at different stages of exhalation in copd.
With asthma there is narrowing of your airways from inflammation so this constricts the diameter and makes this worse. All due to airway pressure and "equal pressure point". Hope this helps! ...Read more
I have bronchoconstriction (asthma/copd) affects breathing out during expiration, but not breathing in during inspiration. Why, what to do?
Typical symptoms: This is a common symptom for those with airway obstruction be it from asthma or copd. You need to get an assessment to determine what kind of medications may relieve your symptoms. Inhaled steroid, inhaled bronchodilator, and inhaled anticholinergic are the most common drugs used in your condition. Most of these drugs need to be used regularly. ...Read more
Does anticholinergic or antihistamine alone relieve bronchoconstriction in asthma? Will doctors prescribe one or another or both with beta 2 agonist?
Anticholinergic: Anticholinergic but not the usual doses of antihistamine relieves bronchoconstriction in some people. It may be used as a combination with a beta 2 agonist as in the case of combivent (albuterol and ipratropium). However persistent asthma should be treated with a controller drug such as inhaled steroid and/or a leukotriene blocker. Using just beta agonist alone on a regular basis may actually make your asthma worse. ...Read more
Having a broncho-constriction every day at night with cough but no sputum, started two weeks ago after an upper respiratory tract infection, what to do?
Lung function test:
There can be prolonged inflammation in the lung following an infection. Your symptoms indicate that you may have post viral broncho constriction.
Your physician may order a pulmonary function test to determine if you have reactivity of the airway. I would suggest a flu vaccine if there are no reasons in your medical history not to obtain one. ...Read more
I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eaten him in my husband and me?
Chocolate : This is not scientific but neither is having babies! Try anything chocolate. Eat romantic foods. Avoid alcohol and stimulants. Relax. Enjoy being married without children. The more you relax and enjoy your spouse the better your marriage will be and the more prepared you we be to be a parent. You are learning patience and you will need it! OB doctors have solutions for you when wanted ...Read more
Vertigo?: Many children get very dizzy at times without definite cause. Some are due to ear infections or ear fluid pressure. Other times it may happen because of spinning around. Episodic vertigo is a very dramatic event in some children when they look terrified and have to hold on for a few moments, then return to normal. This is usually benign but needs a good evaluation. ...Read more
Vomiting: For a simple gastroenteritis, gut rest (nothing to eat or drink for 2-3 hrs) followed by small sips of clear fluids, frequently (goal depending on age of child 1-4 oz/hr). The presence of pain is more worrisome and I would recommend taking the child to their doctor for a hands-on examination to rule out anything more serious. ...Read more
Safe/locks: A good gun safe can double as a home for some family valuables. There are a number of trigger locks and quick entry safes on the market that provide quick access but eliminate child entry. As mentioned, kids taught gun handling and safety as early as age 4 are less likely to play with any gun they find anywhere. ...Read more
Ringworm is actually not caused by a worm at all, but is caused by a fungus that lives on the skin called tinea. People can get a tinea infection from skin to skin contact with an infected person or pet or by sharing personal items such as towels, clothing, and combs.
Clotrimazole is the generic name for the over the counter cream that treats ringworm. Apply 2-3 times a day for a few weeks until the lesion disappears completely and then some. Keep it covered for the first day of treatment (or longer if you want to) to prevent spread. Your child will need to see his doctor for a stronger medication if the ringworm is on his scalp, continues to spread after treatment at home or if it doesn't get better after 4 weeks of treatment at home. ...Read more
Inherited or steroid: The common cause is congenital, but it can also be caused by maternal steroids passed on through breast milk to the newborn. It is different from breast milk jaundice (breast-fed infants have higher bilirubin levels than formula-fed ones). If inherited it is a recessive gene. ...Read more