Lung Disease and Respiratory System
1 AnswerFood can block the airway, necessitating the Heimlich maneuver to eject it. However, this usually occurs in the larger airways, often not even in the lung itself. So food entering the lungs themselves, especially solid food, is quite rare. If a small piece of food has really entered the lungs, then a pulmonologist will need to evaluate you as to whether you will need a procedure known as a bronchoscopy to remove it. Any foreign material in the lung can cause irritation directly, or serve as a focus for infectious growth, so seeing a doctor promptly is important.
1 AnswerObesity has been linked to several changes and problems in the respiratory system which include poor ventilation from increased abdominal pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, shortness of breath and indeed bronchospasm. Bronchospasm as occurs in Asthma will further decrease the amount of airflow to the lungs and therefore reduce oxygenation. Losing weight can decrease these effects and may improve Asthma symptoms. Losing weight can improve the mechanical and physical effects to the lung tissue and will also decrease the issues related to obstructive sleep apnea and obesity associated hypoventilation which, if occurs concurrently with Asthma can be life threatening.
1 AnswerAn uncontrollable cough may indicate an underlying problem. If you have already seen your doctor to make sure this is not the case, some studies suggest that using buckwheat honey may be more likely to soothe your throat than over-the-counter cough suppressants. Other simple things to try include staying well hydrated, using humidifiers at home, and/or using nasal saline spray to help clear out any nasal congestion. Adding honey and squeezed lemon to hot water can also help soothe your throat. You may need a prescription medicine to help suppress the cough, so ask your doctor.
1 AnswerHealthwise answered
Epiglottitis is inflammation of the leaf-shaped lid of tissue (epiglottis) that is located over the opening to the large breathing tube leading to the lungs (trachea). This flap of tissue closes when a person swallows to prevent food and fluids from getting into the trachea.
Epiglottitis can be life-threatening because the inflamed and swollen epiglottis can rapidly block the trachea and make breathing difficult. Epiglottitis generally begins suddenly, without a previous upper respiratory infection.
Symptoms of epiglottitis may include:
- Difficult or noisy breathing (stridor).
- A high fever.
- Drooling and trouble swallowing liquids.
- A muffled voice.
- Problems lying down. A child with epiglottitis usually prefers to sit up and lean forward with his or her head and jaw forward to breathe.
In the past, most cases of bacterial epiglottitis in children were caused by Haemophilus influenzae. This infection can be prevented with the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine. Epiglottitis in children caused by Haemophilus influenzae is now very uncommon because of the vaccine. In adults, the cause is usually a strep infection.
A child with epiglottitis appears very sick and in distress. If a child has symptoms of epiglottitis, seek emergency care.
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1 AnswerStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answeredCoughing up phlegm when you don’t have a cold could be due to a number of different conditions: a sinus infection, allergies with postnasal drip, pneumonia, smoking, asthma, heartburn, or even some medicines like angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors for high blood pressure. If you've had a cough for more than two weeks, call your doctor.
1 AnswerLeigh Vinocur, MD, Emergency Medicine, answeredFirst check with your doctor or pharmacist to see if any of your prescribed medications can cause a chronic cough. The biggest offender is blood pressure medication called Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. Often allergies are year round. They can produce excess mucus resulting in a postnasal drip that can irritate your throat and lead to a chronic cough.
Asthma is another condition that can trigger a chronic dry cough, which can be a wheezing equivalent. This is a sign of hyperactive airways that can also cause wheezing and shortness of breath. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is another lung condition that can cause a cough. It can be in the form of chronic bronchitis, which is chronic inflammation and damage of major airways. It is also associated with wheezing and breathlessness and sputum production. Bronchiectasis is another lung condition where the bronchial tubes or air passages are dilated and collect a lot of mucus that can be cleared out. Pneumonia and other respiratory infections that cause irritated, inflamed airways can cause a chronic cough.
Gastroesphageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition where acid splashes up into the throat and esophagus, sometimes even the lungs if is severe. This irritation can lead to a chronic cough.
Another possible serious medical condition that is signaled by a chronic cough is lung cancer. It is seen more often in smokers but even non-smokers can develop lung cancer and have a chronic cough or pneumonia that will not get better.
1 AnswerPam Grout, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answered
If you only breathe about half of what's possible, you're probably settling for about half of what life has to offer. If you breathe with gusto and take in every last ounce of oxygen that's available to you, you undoubtedly approach life the same way.
People who don't get enough oxygen often fight depression. And from my experience, it's pretty difficult to stay down in the dumps once you fully oxygenate your body. Your breathing is a near-perfect representation of your willingness to dive into life.
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1 AnswerTo help prevent acute bronchitis:
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid exposure to second hand smoke and do not expose children to second hand smoke.
- Practice good hand hygiene.
- Keep you and your child up to date with recommended immunizations.