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You Tube Asthma
Yes!: An endotracheal tube is one of the ways that upper airway obstruction can be managed in an emergency, because it goes into the windpipe (trachea) and provides a route for air exchange. However, it's important to identify the cause of the obstruction: obesity, sleep apnea, enlarged tonsils, cancer, or a large thyroid gland are among possible causes. Finding and treating the cause is key. ...Read more
You decide: Any medicine strong enough to do good is strong enough to do bad.I recall one runway model who found an inhaler dulled her appetite. She died when the heart stimulating effect in the med caused a fatal rhythm.Using any med without proper monitoring is foolish, but adults often make that choice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can saline nasal spray make Eustachian Tube Dysfunction worse?. Do you spray it towards your ears like you do for The Eustachian tube?
Eustachian tube issu: Unlikely - mucinex - contains guafenesin - the same ingredient in Robitussin. It is a mucolytic - thins mucus out - and thus would NOT likely cause any issues with the eustachian tube that drains the inner ear into the back of the throat - A decongestant might help your situation ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you had an obstruction in you bronchial tube or airway would your ixygen level be normal. Wouldn't you have labiref breathing?
Not all ways: Depends on the level of the blockage, and the underlying lung pathology. ...Read more
Yes You Can: When you are in the plane you can chew gum.yawn or drink liquids during take off and landing If you suffer from allergies take your allrgy pill like Claritin or zyrtec and use steroid nasal drops if prescribed and take Sudafed if you do not suffer from hypertension Allergy pills also come with Sudafed like claritinD24 HOURS ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If your difficulty breathing responds to asthma rescue inhalers, does that guarantee you don't have anxiety and you have a real lung disorder instead?
Not necessarily: I see you have belching, reflux, and now have experienced improved breathing with a rescue inhaler. The improvement with a rescue inhaler indicates you have reversible airway reactivity. This is not a disease of the lungs but, rather, a tendency of the muscles of the airways leading to your lungs to go into a spasm and possibly have inflammation. This can be on an allergic bases as in traditional asthma. In your situation the reflux may be causing small amounts of acid to seep into the airways making them more reactive. Food allergies can trigger increased reflux by causing esophageal inflammation. Having airway reactivity can cause anxiety and having anxiety can worsen airway reactivity as well as increase the severity of reflux. You will need to have the reflux addressed, determine if you have a problem with the ability of food to stay in your stomach and not come back up, see if your belching could be due to Helicobacter Pylori, for example, an infection that can be treated, and determine of you have chronic inflammation in your airways needing treatment. ...Read more
Should i avoid prednisone for asthma when allergies cause coughing fits, wheezing, mucus wakes me up choking? Asthma not responding well to inhalers.
Meds for asthma: There are 2 basic types of medications for asthma, and any patient who has frequent symptoms needs both types. Rescue inhalers are bronchodilators like albuterol, that relax the smoothe muscles and promote the movement of secretions. Even more important are controller medications like montelukast and inhaled steroids, because these medications decrease the inflammation at the heart of the attacks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No, but don't help: Benzos won't exacerbate the underlying medical condition, but because they tend to cause suppression of the respiratory center in the brain, they can make it harder for your body to respond optimally to it's internal compensatory mechanisms as well as to to medications. ...Read more
Define "pick up": You do not "pick up"asthma like you would a strep throat after exposure to an infected person. However, anyone with the predisposition (genetics) or lung sensitivity (acquired) can allow it to emerge & become symptomatic if they smoke. Other issues like the lung disease alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency or sarcoid can predispose a smoker to have more dramatic lung disease. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Quick acting med: There are two types of medicines used to treat asthma: controller medications and rescue medications. Controlled medications are meds used every day to decrease the inflammation of asthma -- inhaled steroids. Rescue medications are bronchodilator meds (albuterol for example) that are used if one has asthma symptoms. These are quiclk acting, work to reverse the muscle spasms that cause acute asthma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
True: Pregnancy brings on many changes that affect breathing: the extra weight and a big uterus pushing up against the diaphragm, are two factors normal for all moms. However, maternal asthma during pregnancy is less predictable; equally 1/3 get worse, better, or, sure enough, stay the same. Thankfully, asthma almost always eases up around the time of delivery (perhaps due to excess hormones). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NO: NO. It will help dry up mucus trapped in the eustachian tube. ...Read more