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Open Mouthed Breathing
Feel like hole/epiglottis at back of mouth is too open or being held open or being held shut. Can't breathe? Gulping air sensation
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do infants inhale breathing treatments? My daughter usually closes her mouth & breathes through her nose & sometimes uses her paci to calm down.
Does inhaling menthol vapors or sucking a cough drop really open up breathing passages, or just feel cold and is perceived as opening things up?
Some menthol DOES: Open up nasal passageways; however, it doesn't last very long...Sometimes it's better to use straight saline nasal spray or spray gel, because in the winter, nasal membranes will swell when they are dry. The saline penetrates the swollen membranes and causes them to shrink, secondary option might be a nasal steroid. ...Read more
Wound: The basis of wound care is to determine what caused it in the first place. That should always be the focus. There are over 4000 wound care products on the market and most are sterile when they come out of the package so few would actually harm a wound. Honey has gained popularity but an excellent cochrane review showed that it has no proven benefit compared to other dressings. No single product f. ...Read more
If a child with trach had an open enough airway to breathe past their short trach, wouldn't most of their exhale go thru their uppr airway, not trach?
Would things like blowing out through straws or kid blow toys help expand lungs and increase lung breathing capacity? Other suggestive techniques ?
Sounds like dementia: Dementia tends to be progressive, and the behaviors you describe are not unusual. The treatment will depend on what type of dementia it is, but generally speaking physical activity, mental stimulation, and social interaction are the best strategies for maintaining cognitive functioning. ...Read more
Depends on age/posit: In the first 6m the neck is so short the baby must hold the head up & back to drop the jaw & mouth breathe. This is not a natural position so babies seldom sleep well.The growth of the neck by about 2-3 cm over that time allows the head to be neutral with the jaw open. In early infancy the nose must be clear to breathe without a struggle. ...Read more
Unlikely to obstruct: Hello thanks for your question, making the nostrils smaller can be done in different ways and usually does not affect breathing. I am sure there is a point a which making them way too small could affect breathing, however breathing is more so obstructed higher up in the nostril (nasal valve) or back near the septum or turbinates (especially if these are swollen or the septum is deviated). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ENT wants to shorten uvula, remove enormous tonsils and reconstruct very narrow nasal passages because I can't breathe well thru mouth or nose. Help?
Need something: Looks like you need to do something to relieve your symptoms. Surgery is generally recommended if medical treatment has become ineffective. My rule of thumb for surgery is to let your PMD help you make the decision if you need to be under the knife. They may be willing or aware of trying new medical treatments first. Feel better?? ...Read more
Would you remove large tonsils/adenoids if 3 yr old mouth breaths, wakes often, moans, chews and sometimes lightly snores in his sleep.
What could cause mouth opening and breathing noise like Darth Vader (not snoring), with teeth clamping shut (not grinding) a few times while sleeping?
Will removing enlarged tonsils help 2 cure mouth breathing?Adenoids have been removed, but the child still can't breathe or eat with their mouth closed
Probably not: Tonsils definitely play into breathing issues (e g sleep apnea), but they should not cause nasal blockage. Depending on when adenoids were removed, they may have regrown (occurs much more commonly than tonsil regrowth). This can be evaluated by x-ray. Otherwise, an ENT may treat and evaluate for allergy / sinus issues (e g trial of steroid nasal spray) or do surgery to shrink the nasal turbinates. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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