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What do the terms "pink puffer" and "blue bloater" mean?

What do the terms "pink puffer" and "blue bloater" mean?

Older Terms: These are older terms- the pink puffer classically described a patient with emphysema (thin, pink means oxygenated). The blue bloated means a patient with chronic bronchitis (poorly oxygenated- blue and overweight). We now know there is a lot of overlap between these two types of patients. ...Read more

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Inhaler (Definition)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is ...Read more


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Md #: what can the following mean to the layperson? "the basis for the classic "pink puffer" variant of copd." thank-you.

Md #: what can the following mean to the layperson? "the basis for the classic "pink puffer" variant of copd." thank-you.

Description: A "pink puffer" describes someone with COPD who has difficulty breathing and a "pink complexion. They usually have increased lung capacity as opposed to "blue bloaters" who have diminshed lung capacity. This doesn't mean pink puffers are in better shape just different. ...Read more

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What does the "ne" mean at the end of proventil inhaler ne?

What does the "ne" mean at the end of proventil inhaler ne?

Ne in Proventil: It is a symbol of neon, an inert gaseous element in the atmosphere. ...Read more

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What happens if you have a inhaler, does that mean you have asthma?

What happens if you have a inhaler, does that mean you have asthma?

Not Necesarily: Inhalers are given to patients for many reasons. Asthma is an inflammatory lung disorder diagnosed using a test called a spirometry. Having an inhaler does not automatically make you an asthmatic but you should see your doctor to figure it out. ...Read more

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When using an inhaler (proair hfa) the side effects included mental changes and confusion. What does this mean? Will my personality/memory change?

When using an inhaler (proair hfa) the side effects included mental changes and confusion. What does this mean? Will my personality/memory change?

Proair inhailer: I've not had a single patient complain of mental changes on proair. Obviously, it's a very frequently used medication and if the such side effects were common, it would not be used. ...Read more

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When using an inhaler (proair hfa) some side effects included mental changes and confusion. What does this mean? Will my personality/ memory change?

When using an inhaler (proair hfa) some side effects included mental changes and confusion. What does this mean? Will my personality/ memory change?

Medical evaluation.: Please let your doctor know asap. I don't exactly know what you mean by mental changes. Proair hfa has possible side effects to include: psychoses (auditory hallucinations & persecutory delusions), restlessness, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, confusion, mental status changes. Your symptoms need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Allergic to leaves/mold + asthma. Find I'm using inhaler/neb more freq. Does this mean asthma is no longer well controlled? What do I tell my pulmo?

Allergic to leaves/mold + asthma. Find I'm using inhaler/neb more freq. Does this mean asthma is no longer well controlled? What do I tell my pulmo?

Yes: Increasing use of a rescue inhaler may mean that asthma is not well controlled - or maybe that there is an infection. Would let your pulmonologist know the frequency that you are having to use a rescue inhaler as well as letting him or her know all of your symptoms. ...Read more