Respiratory therapy

What is Respiratory therapy?

Respiratory Therapy is an allied health profession devoted to the scientific application of technology in order to assist in the diagnosis, treatment, management and care of patients with cardiopulmonary and associated disorders. Respiratory Therapists are important members of modern healthcare teams.

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I have CHF, shortness of breath, etc., unable to take too many steps. Was hospitalized on life support 2 yrs. ago and was in a care facility for physical and respiratory therapy; recently, have been short of breath regardless of being on oxygen and have recently developed swollen left foot/ankle. Also, appetite has decreased. Home BP, unlike in dr's ofc., has been on the high side: 136/93. Please advise. Thank you.




doctor1 MD

Hi welcome to health care magic forum.
It appears that you are advancing towards the decompensation, and your heart need to be compensated, again, by supports. Then diet is to be maintained for ever, with low salt diet.
Physical exertion, should be minimised, up to a limit.
when ever there is...

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I have red blotches on both palms. It covers about a third of each palm. The blotches are not raised and they do not itch . It just appears as red blotches under the skin. When I press on it then it disappears for a second and reappears and I can visible see the capillary refill. I have been a respiratory therapist for 20 years and have never seen anything like this.

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Welcome to Healthcaremagic.

Lesions which blanch on pressure are most commonly seen due to vascular malformations like Haemangiomas.

I suggest you to visit a Dermatologist who after examining you can be able to find out the exact cause.

Wish you good health.

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I have been using flovent 250 for over a year, recently I have noticed it is not controlling the coughing and I am getting short of breath, again. I ran our last week and my news will not be here for another week. My husband, a respiratory therapist, brought me a Symbicort 80/4.5 to help until mine arrive. Is there any reason this will not work?

doctor1 MD

Hello,
Thanks for the query to H.C.M. Forum.
Since you haven't mentioned from how many years you are having asthma.
Fluticasone develops resistance ,that's why now not acting.
Now you are having Symbicort ( budesonide + formoterol) as budesonide is a corticosteroids and this is not good for...

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I had a CT Scan of the paranasal sinuses on 12/5/2012- It showed a mild mucoperiosteal thickening of the floors of the maxillary sinuses bilaterally. I have had a problem with expectorating thick white mucous, sometimes bloody. It all started in Oct 2009 when I was hospitalized for a severe reaction to the antibiotic Macrobid . I started to fall and was too weak to get up. I was admitted to CCU with a low heart rate, low oxygen levels, was put on oxygen, injected with steroids, respiratory therapy treatments every 5 hours and was put on a heart monitor. I have since been sent to a pulmonologist , an ENT, and a gastroeneterologist, none of whom could figure out what was wrong. When I mentioned to my GP in December 2012 that the problem was getting worse, I was starting to choke on the mucous and had a very foul taste in my mouth, she did order a CT of the sinuses but also made an unprofessional remark that it must not be something serious because I was still here.

doctor1 MD

Hello

Thanks for writing to H.C.M. for your query.

I have gone through your query regarding your problem of difficulty in expectoration of thick mucus, and feeling of choking due to mucus.

Considering your complaints it appears as you are having upper respiratory tract infection. There may or...

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is there any cure for muscular dystrophy yet? please let me know.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
No cure is available.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
No treatment is currently available to stop or reverse any form of muscular dystrophy (MD). Instead, certain therapies and medications aim to treat the various problems that result from MD and improve the...

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I have had a dry, painful cough for about 4 weeks now. Over the last week I have noticed that when I cough I get a very strong, but short lived, sea water taste in my mouth. There is a slight wheeze in my chest when I breathe and a constant dull pressure.

doctor1 MD

Hello and thanks for the query.

It certainly sounds from your description that you have an inflammation of your airway or bronchial tree. This can be caused by infection or sometimes allergy/asthma. 4 weeks is a long time to have these symptoms so I recommend a thorough medical workup.

It may...

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Sir I am writing this for my wife. She is suffering from asthma for about 14 yrs. She was working as a teacher in an high altitude place. First she developed allergic to cold weather condition. The symptoms were sneezing, irritation in the throat, ear and nose followed by wheezing. Ever since she was using Asthalin inhaler. She was advised to take steroid inhalers. She was using it for some months and then discontinued. Now she is living in a warmer place. She doesn't sneeze or cough these days. But she has breathing difficulty almost everyday especially at night. Her air tubes are blocked by mucous or spasm. Kindly give advice for a treatment to keep her breathing problem under check.

doctor1 MD

Hello,

Thanks for posting your query.

From the symptoms that your wife is having, she should continue using asthalin inhaler and use some mild steroid inhalers as well. Steroid inhalers are quite useful and Inhaled forms are usually used except in the case of severe persistent disease, in which...

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My 3 year old has had a worsening cough for about a week now. My mother in law thinks that it is asthma, but i have no experience with this. In the past we have tried ventalin (on doctors orders) when he has had a cough, but he has not actually been diagnosed with asthma. My boy is now coughing almost every few minutes and he has today started losing his voice. He says his throat doesnt hurt, should i be worried? Also should he be going to daycare?

doctor1 MD

Hi XXXXXXX

Thanks for the query.

First of all continuous coughing in a 3 year old child needs examination and treatment.

As you have not mentioned he must not have fever.Means chances of infection are less.

He seems to be having bronchitis.Bronchitis means inflammation of air ways which leads to...

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My 14 year old daughter is on an extremely competitive soccer team. Her rigorous training sometimes brings on asthma type symptoms. Our GP prescribed a rescue inhaler, Ventolin. I put 2 and 2 together that she is now dealing with a yeast infection in her tongue and mouth, as she has sores around her mouth and bleeding tongue. Besides rinsing out her mouth after inhaler use, are there any other alternatives to treatment than inhalers or prevention of side effects?

doctor1 MD

Hi XXXXXXX

Thanks for your query

VENTOLIN Inhaler contains, Albuterol Sulphate, a fast-acting bronchodilator. Fast-acting bronchodilators help to quickly open the airways in your lungs so that you can breathe more easily.

Albuterol is very useful in exercise-induced bronchospasms (asthma type...

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Is It Safe to have Cough Syrup. "Zeet Expectorant " . Salts are (Ammonium Cloride,Bromhexine Hydrochloride, Guaiphenesin, & Diphenhydramine hydrochloride) in 6 week of pregnancy or Suggest me what should i take , I'm Having High Cough.

doctor1 MD

Hello XXXXXXX

Before answering your question, i would like to reaffirm the importance of taking the advice of a medical professional, before taking any prescription medication, and under supervision. In most cases, unsupervised use of medications might be harmful. In other cases, though it may...

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Hi, my 18months old son (12.8kg) was just prescribed Flucloxacillin oral solution 125mg, 2.5ml 4x daily. He s been having red rush on his face around his mouth. It started as 1or 2 single spots with white center about 10 days ago and it spreading into red areas with white spots, which are constantly wet as my son is dribbling a lot. He was prescribed Fucidin Cream last friday. We ve been applying this 3xdaily for last 3 days but it s not getting better. My son has asthma and is using Beclometasone inhaler 2x daily. My son also wasn t very well last weak some respiratory viral infection. My question is: How long does it take for the Fucidin cream to start working? And if my son starts taking the Flucloxacillin antibiotics, can he be exposed to the sun as we are going on a beach holiday in 5 days? Many thanks for your answer, S.

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Age-74.3:height-5feet 6 inches:weight 87 kg:Have been suffering from Asthma for the last six years. Have mostly been taking delta cortril and ventolin inhaler to control breathing. Am a patient of enlarged Prostate959gm). During current chest Xray, I was diagonosed as under "Loss of lung volume is noted on right side. Fibrotic bands are noted in right upper zone, with cephalad tractionof right hilum.
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I play tennis for exercise..after about 10 to 15 minutes of warmup hitting groundstrokes I have started having a tightness all around my neck and upper bronchial area, and breathing becomes difficult...particularly if strenuous effort is required to hit the ball. After 10 minutes or so I seem to work through the worst of it. I have had surgery twice for ruptured discs in my neck at age 39 and 40, my neck is always tight and I do exercises to loosen it up. I have a little trouble occasionally swallowing during meals, particularly grainy foods. I also had asthma from about 5 years old till I was 17 which may play into the breathing issues. I am now 62 years old. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

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My 6 year old daughter complains that her heart hurts like someone is sticking with something sharp... and she says she feels like someone is sittin on her chest. This happens every once in a while and lasts about a week. Should I go see her pediatrician or a pulmonologist? My other 2 daughers have mild asthma. ALSO, thinking it could be asthma related I gave her xoepenx in the nebulizer yesterday and she said it didn t help.

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My abdomen is steadily growing with an even round appearance.I look 7-8 months pregnant and my belly now extends further than my breasts. I began to feel movement the last week of August although they have always seemed unusually high and until 6...

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I took my son in who just got back from a XXXXXXX Hosp. where he was diagnosed with pneumonia He is sleeping constantly and taking vitamins and lots of liquids and meals His perscriptions were lost. What should we do? He is homeless and penniless...

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