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Just diagnosed with chronic airway obstruction. What is this?

Just diagnosed with chronic airway obstruction. What is this?

Question: Was the diagnosis COPD (chronic obstructive airway disease) or airway obstruction of the sleep apnea type because each of these is different and requires different treament and the pathogenesis is different. Copd is commonly smoking related (although not always) and sleep apnea is related to redundancy and/or excess tissue in the oral airway. ...Read more

Obstruction (Definition)

Anything that creates a blockage of the intestinal tract. You may think of the intestinal tract (stomach, small bowel, large bowel) as somewhat akin to a garden hose. If you kink the garden hose, or twist it, or block it inside, you have created an "obstruction". Most obstructions are a results of previous surgery and most of these ...Read more


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What's the difference between COPD and chronic airway obstruction?

What's the difference between COPD and chronic airway obstruction?

Category...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is one disease that causes chronic airway obstruction. Chronic airway obstruction is a more general category and there are other pulmonary disease that also cause chronic airway obstruction, like bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, etc. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can you treat chronic airway obstruction with antibiotics? Which one?

Can you treat chronic airway obstruction with antibiotics? Which one?

Not usually: People who have COPD are usually treated with long -acting bronchodialators and/or steroid meds. I suppose if there was any bacterial infection involved as well that they would be on some type of antibiotics. ...Read more

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My mom was just been diagnosed with chronic airway obstruction. What does this mean?

My mom was just been diagnosed with chronic airway obstruction. What does this mean?

It depends: What are her other health problems? Chronic airway obstruction can be caused by copd, chronic bronchitis, sleep apnea, morbid obesity, or other factors. The treatment would depend on the underlying cause. Even a very enlarged thyroid gland can lead to airway obstruction. Treatment and prognosis depend on exactly what your mother's problems are. ...Read more

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My mom has just been diagnosed with chronic airway obstruction. What is this from--smoking?

COPD: COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be caused by smoking about 90% of the time. There are other less common causes. Nevertheless, someone diagnosed with COPD can and is medically recommended to stop smoking to help slow the progression of the disease. ...Read more

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What is this airflow sound in my head and hearing my heartbeat?

What is this airflow sound in my head and hearing my heartbeat?

Normal blood flow.: You're probably hearing the blood flowing through blood vessels in the ear area. When you have your ear on a pillow or mattress, you're blocking out environmental noises, so the normal noises of circulation become audible. ...Read more

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I have an indented scab. I've been applying neosporin very often and keeping it covered with a bandage that allows airflow. Any recommendations?

I have an indented scab. I've been applying neosporin very often and keeping it covered with a bandage that allows airflow. Any recommendations?

Need details: Why do you have a scab? Where? How long? How large & how deep? Throw away the neosporin. Stop the bandaid. Gently wash twice a day, then apply a small amount of vaseline or Aquaphor. ...Read more

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My question concerns the lungs. With my stethoscope, I hear normal airflow in L lung, and nothing in R lung. What does this mean?

My question concerns the lungs. With my stethoscope, I hear normal airflow in L lung, and nothing in R lung. What does this mean?

Not dead yet: As long as you have not had it removed, and are otherwise in good health without symptoms at present, then it means you should adjust the ear pieces and tap on the end of the stethoscope to be certain that you have an effective connection after moving L-to-R. Try other spots on chest as well. It is likely just a trick of the ear or the tool. ...Read more

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Had a septoplasty 5 weeks agon- my right nostril which had limited airflow. Feel no change. Its also dry and less senaitive, feel no tickle. Thoughts?

Had a septoplasty 5 weeks agon- my right nostril which had limited airflow. Feel no change. Its also dry and less senaitive, feel no tickle. Thoughts?

Check with surgeon : You need to check with your surgeon. Sometimes, patients of mine who have had septoplasty try to see if there nose is clear by sniffing. They generate such high pressures sniffing in that they close their nostrils shut. Take a slow breath through your nose and if it's still blocked there may still be a deviation high or your turbinates might be blocking. Ask your surgeon and consider other opinion. ...Read more

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Can the BreatheRight nasal strips improve airflow during sleep? Don't get ahead of yourself; I'm not asking if it is a treatment for OSA. I'm asking if it can improve airflow during sleep.

Can the BreatheRight nasal strips improve airflow during sleep?  Don't get ahead of yourself; I'm not asking if it is a treatment for OSA.  I'm asking if it can improve airflow during sleep.

Sometimes: The strips just pull on the outside of the middle of the nose to create a little more space on the inside of the nose. If that successfully happens when one uses the strips, and if one is a nose-breather, then there will be improved airflow through that part of the nose. ...Read more

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I have a recurring scab inside my right nostril. Everytime I blow my nose it comes out, but then reappears. Not painful, but restricts airflow.?

I have a recurring scab inside my right nostril. Everytime I blow my nose it comes out, but then reappears. Not painful, but restricts airflow.?

Nasal scab: Do you have a deviated septum or septal perforation? Do you use oxygen with a nasal cannula or a CPAP machine? These can lead to localized drying of mucus in an area of turbulent air flow. Humidify the oxygen/ air. Use saline gel or saline spray regularly. Your regular doctor or ENT can confirm septal deviation. ...Read more

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Is the esophagus or trachea closest to the aorta? When I move the trachea and have open airflow in my mouth it's wheezing.

Is the esophagus or trachea closest to the aorta? When I move the trachea and have open airflow in my mouth it's wheezing.

Trachea: It has relations to the trachea which is anterior to the esophagus. If concerned see your PCP for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is prolonged lack of airflow enough to atrophy a lung or create complications with air volume? I've had a deviated septum for a few years now. My left nostril barely gets any airflow. In the past couple of months, i've been feeling more and more discomfor

Is prolonged lack of airflow enough to atrophy a lung or create complications with air volume? I've had a deviated septum for a few years now. My left nostril barely gets any airflow. In the past couple of months, i've been feeling more and more discomfor

A : A deviated septum does not cause atalectasis (partial collapse of lung), nor should it hamper your ability to perform a full inspiration by mouth. I would initially recommend a chest x-ray (pa & lateral) and pulmonary function testing. Your primary care physician or internist can order this for you. I hope i'm interpreting the question properly in assuming your statement " i can't breath as deep...." is refering through your mouth and not your nose ( which could be attributable to the septal deviation). ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad Saab
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Chronic Airway Obstruction (Definition)

Chronic airflow obstruction is a long term lung condition associated with difficulty in expiration. It is emphysema, asthma, and COPD ...Read more


Dr. Bernard Seif
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Occlusion (Definition)

This refers to how the teeth come together. There are 3 classifications: normal or class i, an excessive overbite or class ii, and an ...Read more