Airway Obstruction

Airway obstruction can be upper or lower, partial or total, acute or chronic, minor or life-threatening. Respiratory infections and diseases, allergies, smoke inhalation, cancer, foreign objects, tracheomalacia, cystic fibrosis, swelling of the epiglottis, tongue fall back, airway damage due to accidents, throat abscess, etc., cause airway obstruction. Gasping for air, wheeze, unconsciousness, cyanosis, and chest tightness are its symptoms. Heimlich maneuver, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, antimicrobials, and Epinephrine can reverse the breathing condition.

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When it is cold outside, I wake up gasping for air. What is causing this?

Query: Hello doctor, When I am asleep in bed and it is cold outside, I wake up out of breath and unable to breathe. I gasp for breath. This happens few times a week, only in the fall and winter. I eventually fall back asleep. I just got an inhaler, Ventolin. Hope this helps me. I do not know what is causin...  Read Full »

Dr. Abaranam Innaci

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With your history, it seems you have airway obstruction probably due to seasonal change. Continue Ventolin (Salbutamol). Once your symptoms are settled, do aspirometry test, to assess the level of obstruction. Take care.   Read Full »

My breath feels like it has stuck in my throat. What needs to be done?

Query: Hi doctor, My breath feels like it has been constantly stuck in my throat for the last few days. When I inhale, it feels like the air does not entirely go down. My Adam's apple and thyroid are lower in a way they did not use to be, and it seems to be progressing and getting worse daily. I took two v...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay B K

Answer: Hello,Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern.As I can see, (attachment removed to protect patient's identity) Adam's apple and neck appear normal. In males, it is usual for adam's apple to appear prominent. Coming to your breathing issue, do you feel breathless or cho...  Read Full »

Is blocked nostril a common side effect of septoplasty and sinus surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I underwent a septoplasty with turbinate reduction and sinus surgery. It has been three weeks of doing surgery. I have some questions to ask you. Kindly give your opinion. My septum was present deviated to the left side with a bony spur. But now, it has been corrected. My right inferio...  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to On post septoplasty and turbinate reduction, there is some amount of temporary obstruction on one side due to crusting and accumulation of secretion. The block gets reduced when the crust gets dislodged. After removing nasal packs on the second day of post-surgery, one-...  Read Full »

What causes obstruction at the third rib above the nipple after getting cough?

Query: Hi doctor, I have mild cough and expectoration for the past six months and I consulted a pulmonologist. The doctor advised a CXR and PFT after diagnosing that I have mild asthma. I am taking Foracort inhaler and my symptoms are under control now. I feel like some obstruction is present at the level...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from mild expectorant for the past six months. According to the CXR (chest X-ray) provided here, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) I have not found any pathology present in the thir...  Read Full »

Septoplasty done before three months and still had dry breathing. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,How long does it take for breathing to feel normal after septoplasty/ turbinate reduction? I had the surgery three months back, and my nose still feels stiff and breathing dry and cold at times. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It usually takes two weeks maximum for you to get back to normal. It largely depends on for what the septoplasty and turbinate reduction have been performed. If you were having allergic issues earlier, along with which a deviated nasal septum and turbinate hypertrophy...  Read Full »

Am I experiencing breathlessness due to a deviated nasal septum?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I have been experiencing breathlessness. It happens mostly when I am idle or lying down. I feel no discomfort while running. But, I feel like I am short of breathe when I sit idle. I am a 23 year old male. I am reasonably fit. I do not smoke, although I drink occasionally and mo...  Read Full »

Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per your history, you experience breathlessness while being idle and not during exercise suggests an airway problem. Supportive to this, you also suffer from a deviated nasal septum, which may cause nasal obstruction and that may sometimes cause breathlessness. Pat...  Read Full »

Does tree in bud nodules in CT scan mean cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, My CT scan says defined streaky opacity with associated loss volume and clustered tree in bud nodules have developed in the anterior segment of the upper left lobe. The associated central bronchi are impacted. Without an obvious mass, although a small central lesion is not excluded. The ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sunil Kumar Nookala

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Tree in bud appearance generally favors an infection. Can you upload your CT scan so that it may help? Do not bother about lung cancer. Revert with more information to a pulmonologist online -->  Read Full »

Will adenoid enlargement cause obstruction in air passage?

Query: Hello doctor, Do adenoid glands contract after a certain age? Is it natural for all people? What to do if these glands are enlarged and result in air obstruction?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to About your query regarding adenoids, I would like to say these are lymphoid tissue located at the roof of the nasopharynx and as usual, they are meant to protect the body from infections. They are always found in infants and they are at their maximum size at the age ...  Read Full »

Can e-cigarette cause shortness of breath?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from shortness of breath after vaping e-cigarette. I consulted doctors and they said my lungs are fine. I read on the internet that a lot of people suffering with the same. When I reduce my e-cigarette I feel better. Also, I had FESS surgery and SMR before two weeks. My c...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have carefully reviewed your case and can well establish the issues you are facing right now. Actually, the chemicals in e-cigarette are very dangerous for the lungs and airways. They cause narrowing of the small airways due to toxic effects caused directly by the vap...  Read Full »

Is there a solution for heavy snoring?

Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from a heavy snoring issue. With this issue, I am not able to enjoy with my friends when going on trips and even when someone visits our apartment. Is there a solution? My snoring is very severe.  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sure, there is a solution but firstly you have to detect the cause with the help of investigations and tests. You have to be examined by an otorhinolaryngologist to detect the nature of the soft palate, uvula, nasal septum, nasal turbinates, tongue base and to exclude a...  Read Full »

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