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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Overview)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep apnea or pulmonary disease.


Dr. Louis Gallia
602 Doctors shared insights

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Overview)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep apnea or pulmonary disease.


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Cpap (continuous positive airway pressure) in nicu for what?

Cpap (continuous positive airway pressure) in nicu for what?

Keep airway open: It is used to keep the infants airway open, usually for a condition called laryngomalacia, where the airway has a tendency to collapse. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: continuous positive airway pressure?

What is the definition or description of: continuous positive airway pressure?

CPAP: Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep apnea or pulmonary disease. ...Read more

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How to reduce cpap (continuous positive airway pressure) noise?

How to reduce cpap (continuous positive airway pressure) noise?

Have it adjusted: The company that supplies your CPAP machine can adjust the machine, but you may need to move it to another room, and extend the tubing to accommodate this change. ...Read more

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Describe nasal expiratory positive airway pressure (epap)?

Describe nasal expiratory positive airway pressure (epap)?

Provent: Referrring to provent? ...Epap is the measurable postive pressure in your airway as you exhale. So as you breath out provent causes pressure to build up in your airway that keep your tissues from collapsing. This can be as high as as 12 cm water. (cpap can get up to 16 cm of water). For this to work your mouth must stay closed & must not have nasal obstruction. ...Read more

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My blood pressure has been 140/90 for two years. Had a lot of test and it will not go down with medication could this be affecting my airway when I sleep?

My blood pressure has been 140/90 for two years. Had a lot of test and it will not go down with medication could this be affecting my airway when I sleep?

It has to go down: At 42, BP of 140/90 is not normal, now great medications are available, there nothing like ' it will not go down ' It has to to, prevent complication from hypertension. Avoid salt, do regular exercises, reduce weight if it is a problem, you air way problem could be due to this not B P. Speak to your doctor may switch medications ...Read more

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Can an esopgageal ring cause pressure around the Adams Apple? And pulling on the ears? Making them pop? Worried it will block my airway

Can an esopgageal ring cause pressure around the Adams Apple? And pulling on the ears? Making them pop? Worried it will block my airway

No: Can a esophageal ring cause airway blockage and pressure around Adams apple and pullung of the ears?
No. The ring typically is close to the union with the stomach. Symptoms include difficulty swallowing solids and if they get stuck a sensation of cloaking. Aiway blockage could be caused by food getting stuck but would be unumlikely as it is far away from the trachea. No connection with ear sympt ...Read more

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Can cpap machine use irritate the trachea? It was sore when the doctor pressed on it. Pressure is set at 11cm.

Sore Throat: Does your CPAP deliver humidity/moisture to your airway? If not this could cause throat dryness which could lead to soreness. You should have your dr. Evaluate/examine this area of soreness. You should also let him/her know about your fatigue, and high BP if it is uncontrolled.. ...Read more

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Lightheaded, headaches; sinus pressure. Ears feel blocked and sometimes ache. Nasal congestion like the airways are narrowing for 2 months. Sinusitis?

Lightheaded, headaches; sinus pressure. Ears feel blocked and sometimes ache. Nasal congestion like the airways are narrowing for 2 months. Sinusitis?

Good guess: I agree with you. You should quit smoking NOW otherwise improving your sinusitis will be VERY DIFFICULT. You should be under the care of your primary care and/or ENT physician. If you continue to smoke you are letting your self in for a very uncomfortable future with worse headaches and running into possible ear nose & throat cancer. ...Read more

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I feel pressure in my chest, some pain radiating from my chest into my throat. Should I be concerned?

I feel pressure in my chest, some pain radiating from my chest into my throat. Should I be concerned?

Urgent!: How long is it going on for? Any history of cardiac disease or angina?
are you diaphoretic, any nausea, any lightheartedness?

Pressure in chest is never good, if it just started or was brought on by exercise, you have to be concerned about a heart attack/problem.

If you are concerned please see a doctor/er urgently so that they can evaluate you and get an ECG. ...Read more

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I inhaled a sun flower seed and I can feel pressure in my chest and throat, should I be concerned?

I inhaled a sun flower seed and I can feel pressure in my chest and throat, should I be concerned?

M.D. visit for sx: The sunflower seed may have caused local irritation in your throat. If it went into the airway, the lung has cells to clear it. Sometimes it can cause more symptoms such as fever, cough, bleeding and chest pain. If you have any unusual pulmonary symptoms, it is advisable to seek medical care. ...Read more

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Hello, I have a sensation that feels a lot like pressure in my throat, but I am not sick, it seems like it COULD be tonsils but feels like throat?

Hello, I have a sensation that feels a lot like pressure in my throat, but I am not sick, it seems like it COULD be tonsils but feels like throat?

Too vague: A lot more detail would help give you some answers, including how long this has been present, what makes it better, and does anything make it worse. It would also help to know your age and whether there is a history of strep throat, smoking, alcohol, acid rfeflux, etc. ...Read more

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After eating certain foods it feels like I have someones hands around my throat applying pressure?

After eating certain foods it feels like I have someones hands around my throat applying pressure?

Food allergies!: Change your diet and avoid those foods!
some allergy specialists may be able to help you become less sensitive to those foods but generally food allergies don't just go away! ...Read more

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Constant pressure & tightening in throat, sometimes worse than others. Diagnosed gurd & now cushings. Symptoms lasting + 1 year. Still no relief, help?

Constant pressure & tightening in throat, sometimes worse than others. Diagnosed gurd & now cushings. Symptoms lasting + 1 year. Still no relief, help?

Difficult situation: Those symptoms are somewhat vague in that this could be many things. However, make sure you don't have an enlarged thyroid gland or other mass in the neck compressing things. These symptoms often are related to gerd and what I call laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr). Some people require mo's of twice daily reflux meds to help. Another issue can be muscle tension dysphonia so see an ent/laryngologist. ...Read more

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Pressure in middle of throat and collarbone area causing discomfort - should I be concerned?

Pressure in middle of throat and collarbone area causing discomfort - should I be concerned?

Yes, be concerned: Otolarygologist or ENT eval is needed to determine cause. There are many reasons for your problems, some more significant than others. Stop wondering, and make appointment today so you can start treatment to resolve these issues. ...Read more

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Cpap Machine (Definition)

CPAP = continuous positive airway pressure. This is typically a device that sits at bedside attached to a hose that attaches to some sort of interface (i.e. Mask) to deliver pressre to the airway either through nose or nose and mouth. The main use is for obstructive sleep apnea but it has been used for other conditions such as respiratory failure ...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