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Can using a breathing tube for a month damage my ability to breathe for myself?

Can using a breathing tube for a month damage my ability to breathe for myself?

Not really: If you are medically paralyzed, your breathing muscles (mostly the diaphragm) will be weakened. However, most patients are not completely paralyzed for that amount of time and you will be using your normal muscles to breathe. When the tube comes out after a month, you may feel a little weak but you should be able to breathe. The ICU will also help you get stronger before they take the tube out. ...Read more

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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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My son is 8 weeks and struggle with a block nose, I use sterimar to unblock it what can I use for the weez in his breathing. Could this be a cold.

My son is 8 weeks and struggle with a block nose, I use sterimar to unblock it what can I use for the weez in his breathing. Could this be a cold.

Little noses: Irritants like perfume ; dust can make the nose swell inside ; the mucous they make may rattle. As the swelling increases the work of breathing increases ; breathing becomes more noticeable. If babies activity or feeding is pretty normal, simple nasal wash out with saline can improve things. If babies activity changes ; they seem fussy, tired or not interested in feeding, it's time for a visit. ...Read more

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Could being on a breathing tube for a month cause damage to your breathing?

Could being on a breathing tube for a month cause damage to your breathing?

Mech. Ventilation: When you require mechanical ventilation to assist with breathing for a prolonged periods of time, there are clearly compromises in your pulmonary function. Some say that these compromises are irreversible based on past medical history. After prolonged ventilation, it is recommended to increased ability to exercise (rehab) as soon as possible. Unfortunately, some patients don't return to baseline. ...Read more

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If I work out for a long time, can the air capacity in my lungs increase?

If I work out for a long time, can the air capacity in my lungs increase?

Define air capacity: If by air capacity, you mean your lungs vital capacity, then no. Your vital capacity is dictated by your anatomy (it's a function of your age and height). But if you're referring to your vo2max (maximal aerobic capacity) then yes, since this is a measure of oxygen use and indirectly, physical fitness. ...Read more

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When an infants nose is blocked with a bit of mucus how can I remove it to help her breath easy???

When an infants nose is blocked with a bit of mucus how can I remove it to help her breath easy???

Bulb syringe: You may have been given a bulb syringe when your baby was born. In addition you can use salt water nose drops ...Read more

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How many times a day can I use a Netty pot? Can my husband and I pass the cold back and forth? Which would be better a humidifier or vaporizer?

How many times a day can I use a Netty pot? Can my husband and I pass the cold back and forth? Which would be better a humidifier or vaporizer?

Netty pot: There is no limit to how many times you can use a netty. Pot. Colds can be passed back and forth. I usually recommend a humidifier, but some patients do better with a vaporizer. ...Read more

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How can I ensure 1/2lpm o2 flow to a trach when using >12ft tubing? Or should I cut the tubing? 

How can I ensure 1/2lpm o2 flow to a trach when using >12ft tubing? Or should I cut the tubing? 

R u titrating O2: Nbrh rt (deb) asking -r u using 50psi air compressor with a separate o2 source - if so squat down look at flow meter make sure it is < 1l, check pulse 02 is normal per rx (>90%). ...Read more

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I'm born with spina bifida. Will I ever be able to get a strong pelvic muscle from working it or is it impossible? Started using a machine for it

I'm born with spina bifida. Will I ever be able to get a strong pelvic muscle from working it or is it impossible? Started using a machine for it

Depends: It depends in large part on the level and severity of your specific case. If there is neurological supply going to the muscle to allow it to function, then training can absolutely be if benefit to improve strength and function. If that muscle group has no neuro supply, the effect of a conditioning or strengthening program on it may be minimal. ...Read more

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I've been using Afrin for over 8 years just at night to help me sleep, is it possible to for my nasal turbinates to heal after so long?

I've been using Afrin for over 8 years just at night to help me sleep, is it possible to for my nasal turbinates to heal after so long?

Chronic Rhinitis: It is possible that your turbinates could regain their natural ability to constrict without Afrin, if you can stop using it for several months. Often combinations of oral and nasal steroids are used to wean you off the Afrin. However, many people ultimately need some type of turbinate reduction procedure to reduce the chronically congested turbinates. You should see an otolaryngologist for help. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative to an esophageal PH test? I am scared to take a tube down to my stomach and start choking and gagging for 24 hours.

Is there an alternative to an esophageal PH test? I am scared to take a tube down to my stomach and start choking and gagging for 24 hours.

GERD: That is the definitive diagnostic tool to check for LPR. If you are concerned, then talk to your doctor. There is no reason to worry and if you don't tolerate it, it cab be removed without any difficulty or discomfort. ...Read more

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I am frequently unable to breathe properly through my nose. I have tried allergy medications and using a netti pot twice a day. Time for an eent?

I am frequently unable to breathe properly through my nose. I have tried allergy medications and using a netti pot twice a day. Time for an eent?

Yes: The problem may have a medical solution, but there may also be an anatomical problem (such as a deviated septum) . All the medicine and treatments won't work until the anatomy is functional and you have an open airway. ...Read more

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Wore blue surgical-grade mask from pharmacy to clean for an hour when pregnant. Hard time breathing with it on. Oxygen deprivation for baby?

Wore blue surgical-grade mask from pharmacy to clean for an hour when pregnant. Hard time breathing with it on. Oxygen deprivation for baby?

See below: Probably not. Wearing a mask every day i can tell you that sometimes you do feel short of breath. However, pregnancy makes it more difficult to take a deep breath secondary to the displacement of the abdominal organs by a gravid uterus. This could also play a part in your feeling short of breath. Slow down on your cleaning or stressful activities, or get others to help out. ...Read more

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How can you give breaths with a bag valve mask to a patient on a ventilator that has stopped breathing?

How can you give breaths with a bag valve mask to a patient on a ventilator that has stopped breathing?

Breaths: The bag is attached to the endo tracheal tube or tracheostomy if those devices are in place. If endo tracheal tube positioning is uncertain, it can be removed and the mask then covers the nose and mouth. ...Read more

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I will be travling on a long hour flight, with my 9 month old is there any medication that i can give her to help her relax and sleep better?

I will be travling on a long hour flight, with my 9 month old is there any medication that i can give her to help her relax and sleep better?

Best to avoid them: The best way to get an infant to sleep well on a flight is to keep them up the night before you leave & cut their naps short. Nature gives a sleepy child lots of cat naps if they are a bit sleep deprived. Meds will often backfire & cause excessive fussiness. ...Read more

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Will undergoing a procedure to correct a deviated septum help to relieve my chronic stuff nose so that I will be able to breathe easier out of both n?

Will undergoing a procedure to correct a deviated septum help to relieve my chronic stuff nose so that I will be able to breathe easier out of both n?

Usually: There are many things that can cause chronic nasal congestion. A deviated septum is one of those. If you have trouble with nasal airway blockage then you should be evaluated by an ENT specialist who can determine if you are a candidate for nasal surgery. ...Read more

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