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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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How can intubation be measured?

How can intubation be measured?

It is confirmed: By visualization, appropriate breath sounds, measured end tidal co2 and stable oxygen levels. It can also be confirmed by chest x-ray or other scan. ...Read more

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What is rapid sequence intubation?

Intubating fast: Rapid sequence intubation is done to minimize aspiration of gastric contents in to the lung.
When we preoxygenate a patient have suction ready and give induction agent like Propofol or etomidate and musclerelaxant and succnylcholine (anectine) rapidly while cricoid pressure on neck is maintained and the intubate in 45 seconds. ...Read more

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Is intubation painful when its happening?

Is intubation painful when its happening?

Usually no: For most patients, endotracheal intubation is done once the patient is asleep.

In some circumstances, it maybe necessary to perform with awake with local anesthetics and mild sedation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: intubation?

Airway Maintenance: It is the insertion of a tube into the trachea to maintain a secure airway. This is essential for safe general anaesthesia. ...Read more

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What causes black stuff in phlegm?

What causes black stuff in phlegm?

Smoke, old blood: Most common cause of black phlegm would be from smoke such as from cigarette/marijuana smoking. Coal miners used to have black phlegm but now they wear protective gear. Another cause would be old dried up blood from a bad sinus infection or bronchitis infection. Heavily polluted air such as from a recent fire is another possibility. ...Read more

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Is eating phlegm good or bad for you?

Is eating phlegm good or bad for you?

Neither: Phlegm or mucous is a natural body secretion and swallowing it is natural and not harmful. Blowing your nose and expectorating are also ways to get rid of excess mucous. ...Read more

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Laryngoscopy intubation--are you out for it?

Usually: Usually you are "out" for this procedure or heavily sedated, depending on what is required to be done afterwards. ...Read more

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What exactly does fiberopoptic intubation anesthesia feel like?

Not too bad: If you are asking this question, I imagine you have been told by an anesthesiologist to expect an "awake, fiberoptic intubation" due to concerns with your airway. Even though you will be awake enough to keep breathing and avoid choking, most "awake" fiberoptic intubations are done with moderate sedation. You will also be numbed along the path of the breathing tube. Some coughing may be the worst. ...Read more

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Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough with dark phlegm?

Cough: Dark phlegm: This sounds like bronchitis or a cold or pneumonia. Sometimes when we cough a lot of violently we break small blood vessels and blood can get on or into the mucous.

As long as you are not freely bleeding this is considered routine and normal. ...Read more

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Why do patients have phlegm?

Why do patients have phlegm?

Protective mechanism: Phlegm is a secretion in the airway during disease and inflammation. Phlegm usually contains mucus with bacteria, debris, and sloughed-off inflammatory cells. Once phlegm has been expectorated by a cough it becomes sputum. ...Read more

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How can nasal intubation work?

How can nasal intubation work?

Very well!: Sometimes a breathing tube needs to be placed through the nose when surgery is done on the jaw or facial bones, for example. The tube is gently introduced through the nose down into the windpipe (trachea) to help the pt breathe during surgery. It works the same way as a tube put in via the mouth to provide an airway for a pt under anesthesia. ...Read more

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Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Coughing up a white foamy phlegm?

Need more info: Are you a smoker, do you have fever, chest pain, when and to what extent does this occur? There are numerous questions which need answers and a physical exam would help, along with possible lab studies. See your local primary care doctor and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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What is best for cough with phlegm.

What is best for cough with phlegm.

Robitussin: I would recommend doing a sinus wash so that you get rid of the mucous, maybe using mucinex or robitussin. ...Read more

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Child coughing up green phlegm mean?

Child coughing up green phlegm mean?

Possible infection: May be a bacterial or a viral infection. Best to see your physician for exact diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What do the worms in phlegm signify?

What do the worms in phlegm signify?

Ascaris: It is possible to cough up ascaris (a roundworm), since part of it's life cycle is in the lung. Best thing to do is bring a sample of the worm to your doctor so he can have it identified. ...Read more

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Does nutramigen cause excess phlegm?

Does nutramigen cause excess phlegm?

No, there is no stud: There is a myth about milk giving more mucus. Known allergy to milk protein can cause rashes, gastro-intestinal symtoms or eczema but the nasal allergies are not well documented. Neutramigen being hypo-allergenic milk is much less likely to give symptoms. Many times patient with gerd will have increased mucus production after spicy food or full meal and that can be attributed to food itself. I thi. ...Read more

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Why am I coughing up so much phlegm?

Why am I coughing up so much phlegm?

Phlegm: Many reasons. Drainage from sinuses is the most common cause. Others are, smokers lung, bronchiectasis, asthma ...Read more

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How to stop coughing up green phlegm?

How to stop coughing up green phlegm?

Treatment...: If you have symptoms of infection, like fever, chills, decreased appetite, body aches, cold symptoms, etc., then you most likely have acute bronchitis which is treated w/ antibiotics. If you have no other symptoms, then it is likely chronic bronchitis, a form of copd. See your doctor for evaluation and treatment. If you smoke, you need to quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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How to control phlegm whilst running?

How to control phlegm whilst running?

It's natural: When running your breathing rate increases, which can be very drying to the airways. Increased phlegm production is a completely natural way to counteract this drying, even though in the winter outside it can be really annoying. My advice (as gross as it is) is to get good at spitting and snot rockets. Or wash your gloves often - that's what I do! Good luck. ...Read more

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Why do I always have mucus and phlegm?

Why do I always have mucus and phlegm?

Thick Mucus: Greetings. Treating thick mucus first begins with hydration. Try a saline nasal wash like the NeilMed kits. Guifenessin commonly sold as Mucinex (guaifenesin) will also act as a mucolytic. Remember to drink plenty of water and even sleep with a humidifier. These actions should help resolve your thick mucus. ...Read more

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Can paralysis happen during intubation?

Can paralysis happen during intubation?

Only in rare cases: Intubation involves using an instrument (called a laryngoscope) to help the health care provider see the vocal cords and trachea. If the patient has an unstable spine in his neck, perhaps from an auto accident, etc, there is a very remote chance that using the laryngoscopes could put strain in the pine and damage the spinal cord. Anesthesiologists are trained how to intubate all patients safely. ...Read more

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How does nasal intubation work exactly?

How does nasal intubation work exactly?

Tube in nose: The endotracheal tube is put in through the nose instead of through the mouth. This is done in cases where the surgery being performed would be hindered by having a tube in the mouth. The anesthesiologist decongests the nose vigorously and uses a smaller tube to avoid trauma and bleeding. ...Read more

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Pus/phlegm returning a week into a cold?

Pus/phlegm returning a week into a cold?

Pus: Colds can slightly weaken the immune system so that a secondary infection can occur. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does coughing up green phlegm mean?

What does coughing up green phlegm mean?

Infection usually: This usually indicates an infection of the lungs or sinus tract. ...Read more

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Father won't wake up following intubation?

Depends why intubatd: If he was awake prior to intubation, he was probably given sedatives or anesthetics for the procedure. These may last a 1-3 hours in some patients and then he should wake up. However, they may be giving him sedatives while intubated to allow him to rest. If he was intubated because he was already unconscious, whatever is causing the unconscious condition must be corrected for him to wake up. ...Read more

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Is there a way to prevent phlegm build up?

Is there a way to prevent phlegm build up?

Yes: Try Mucinex (guaifenesin) along with avoiding dairy and perhaps going gluten free. Try this for 3 weeks and see how you do. ...Read more

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What is dosage of propofol for intubation?

What is dosage of propofol for intubation?

Variable: Multiple factors contribute to the optimal dose such as patient comorbidities, weight and drug tolerance. The dose can be calculated as 1-2.5 mg/kg given as 40mg every 10 seconds until induction. ...Read more

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