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Smoke or sickness triggers recurring laryngeal stridor. My skin looks normal outside. Benedryl+epi+steroid works. Doc says angioedema, but what kind?

Smoke or sickness triggers recurring laryngeal stridor. My skin looks normal outside. Benedryl+epi+steroid works. Doc says angioedema, but what kind?

Vocal cord: Your problem is likely from irritant vocal cord dysfunction when your vocal cord closes up when irritated. I often associate this problem with acid reflux which may or may not be in your case. See an ENT doctor to get checked out . ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Noisy High Pitched Breathing (Definition)

Stridor is an abnormal, high-pitched, musical breathing sound caused by a blockage in the throat or voice box (larynx). It is usually heard when ...Read more


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I want to manage recurring angioedema that causes layngeal stridor. Triggers are very hard to avoid. Any advice? I take benedryl+steroids already. :)

I want to manage recurring angioedema that causes layngeal stridor. Triggers are very hard to avoid. Any advice? I take benedryl+steroids already. :)

Specialist: Are you seeing an Immuno/allergy specialist and have they determined what triggers this response? That needs to be done. The response you are describing is lifethreatening and not to be taken lightly. Your life depends on being diligent about avoiding the triggers! My advice - see the specialist and develop a plan of care specific for YOU that ensures your wellbeing. You are worth the effort. ...Read more

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I just found out I have angioedema that presents w/laryngeal stridor. It betters with epi/benedryl/steriods and recurs often. What kind of ang. is it?

Duration?: If your angioedema is frequently associated with laryngeal swelling, you need to be sure that you don't have a condition known as hereditary angioedema (you may or may not have a family history )which does not respond to any of the medications mentioned. Since this can be life-threatening, make sure to see an allergist to find out since there are very effective medications for this condi ...Read more

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How much should I worry about stridor?

How much should I worry about stridor?

A lot...: True stridor is considered a medical emergently since it represents an airway which is closing. If a patient truly has strider, 911 should be called and the person taken immediately to the nearest er. A tube may need to be placed in the airway so that artificial ventilation can be done while the etiology is diagnosed and treated. Stridor can be life-threatening and even fatal. ...Read more

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Can a person have stridor with a trach?

Complications: Complications related to chronic tracheostomy such as granulation tissue, stenosis , or web will cause stridor following extubation. Airway should be evaluated by imaging or endoscopy before extubating patient to avoid subsequent ventilation problemsl. ...Read more

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What is stridor?

Airway noise: Stridor usually noise made by air passing through narrowed, obstructed or floppy airway. Stridor can be inspiratory or exhalatory.Most inspiratory stridor is in larynx or proximal trachea. Some exhalatory noise in trachea ususally from soft airway tracheomalacia.Both inspiratory and exhalatory(biphasic) can be in airway just below vocal cords (subglottic trachea).Wheeze sound lower airway asthma ...Read more

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Please tell me what are some possible causes for stridor in adults?

Some causes: Acute: Airway trauma, laryngitis usually viral, shock or anaphylaxis, aspiration of foreign body, epiglottitis, and inhalation of smoke or noxious materials. Chronic: Laryngeal tumor, chronic infection and granulomatous disease TB, Wegener's, rheumatoid arthritis, extrinsic tumors pressing on airway, chronic intubation. ...Read more

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What are possible causes for stridor in adults?

Several causes: Toxic gas inhalation,acute epiglottitis,inhaled foreign body laryngeal tumors pharyngeal tumors, paratracheal compression by enlarged lymph nodes, vocal cord palsy, granulation tissue in airway from previous intubation or tracheostomy are few causes. Something that causes partial obstruction to airway. ...Read more

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I started getting stridor a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

I started getting stridor a couple of days ago.  Will I be back to normal by next week?

Have it checked: Stridor is a sign that airflow in the neck is restricted. This could be serious. See your doctor or go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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If you have had stridor after extubation is your chances of it happening again increased?

Quite common: Laryngeal edema is common cause of airway obstruction after extubation in intensive care patients and is thought to arise from direct mechanical trauma to larynx by the endotracheal tube. Sometimes edema associated with difficult intubation. If anatomy different, and intubation continues to be difficult, can have recurrent laryngeal edema. ...Read more

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