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What Does Pink Puffer 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you suggest if i had my very first inhaler yesterday and sometimes when i exhale no smoke comes out, does this mean i'm not using it correctly?
What does it mean if I have a hard time breathing even when I'm just sitting down and my inhaler is not helping?
Ne in Proventil (albuterol): It is a symbol of neon, an inert gaseous element in the atmosphere. ...Read more
Yes: Q.I.D. Means four times a day.Get a more detailed answer ›
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) 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
Urine test came back with a ph level of 8.5 What does that mean? Could it be related to SOB which I thought was asthma but meds & inhaler not helping
Likely not related: Urine pH reflects the function of the kidneys in maintaining the acid base balance in the body & the lungs also play a role through a diff. mechanism. A value of 8.5, slightly above normal limit. Increased acid may increase your rate of breathing. Uncontrolled SOB should be re-evaluated by your physician for a better control of your resp. problem who can also determine need for nephrology consult ...Read more
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?
Will my asthma inhaler stop working if I don't use it for 3 weeks ? I mean will spray malfunction?
Prime it: Some inhalers requires priming with the 1st trigger mainly to fill up the delivery sprout and thus will not deliver medication. On the other hand if you were using inhaled steroid as a controller drug, it may not work after 3 weeks either due to loss of asthma control from the lack of medication or the fact that it takes 2-3 weeks for it to give you optimal results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What does it mean for a hyperaerated lung to press on the abdomen, is it dangerous for person to refuse an inhaler meant for an exercise induce asthma?
Air can't get out: With asthma, patients get "hyperareated lungs", meaning there is much air trapped in the lungs because the patients cannot easily breathe out the air. It is dangerous when there is way too much air trapped in the lungs. It is not dangerous when the asthma is mild, but sometimes the mild asthma can turn into dangerous asthma over a few hours. We use the same inhalers for different types of asthma. ...Read more
I have COPD I am having to take more inhaler as of late, due to tightness in throat and wheezing, does this mean that it is getting worse?
Acute exacerbation: Either getting worse or just sudden worsening, what we call acute exacerbation. You didn't mention which inhalers but in general, you should be on three, two of which are preventive (spiriva or tudorza plus advair or symbicort), and third is rescue (albuterol). Could also consider Daliresp (roflumilast) pill. Go see your doctor for evaluation & adjustment of your regimen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some water went down my windpipe and am coughing. Afraid of secondary drowning but i can breathe ok now. Will my asthma inhaler help if im still wheezing after awhile? Also getting a headache that doesnt mean water is on my brain does it?
Water in trachea: The water in your wind pipe (trachea) will not drown you but will cause coughing at the time amid could transiently aggravate your asthma so the use of your inhaler in this setting would be helpful. The headache does not mean water on the brain. The headache is likely from the coughing and will pass. You will be ok. ...Read more
Diagnosed with small airway disease. Born 27.5 weeks, on vent and pneumonia and pulmonary edema as baby. Had pft. Chronic coug. Tightness in chest when not on inhaler. Nonsmoker. What does this mean?
Association: Very premature children (those born before 32 weeks' gestation) have higher asthma risk -- almost three times that of children born at full term for asthma as young adults. In one study adults age 25 to 35 yrs old had over twice incidence of asthma than adults of full term infants. There is association but not definite cause and effect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chest tightness SOB chest pain for two months. Clear chest ct, 3cxr,3ekg,PFT good, lots of blood work. Albuterol mask at er, and rescue inhaler do nothing. Only thing that seems to work is ativan, (lorazepam) and it works well. Does this mean its anxiety?
Anxiety: Anxiety is capable of causing your symptoms especially if they are more noticeable at rest than during exertion and in view of your negative tests and response to ativan (lorazepam). For completeness a treadmill stress test and echocardiogram can be done,but I recommend that you discuss stress management with your physician and avoid alcohol,caffeine and nicotine. ...Read more