Oxygen Saturation

Oxygen saturation is the extent to which hemoglobin is saturated with oxygen. Normal oxygen saturation is between 96 to 98 %. Arterial blood gases and pulse oximetry are used to measure oxygen saturation.

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Is it normal if my SpO2 drops to 93% on lying down?

Query: Hello doctor,My SpO2 saturation drops to 93% when I lie down. But my normal SpO2 saturation is 98%. I have diastolic dysfunction, and I was diagnosed with UTI recently. My current medications are antibiotics and tablet Zapain.Is it normal if my SpO2 drops when I lie down? Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Regular oximeter reading should be above 95%. There will be differences in the oxygen saturation according to the different body positions. Usually, sitting upright has more reading than in the supine position. So, it is normal for the saturation to drop if you lay down....  Read Full »

Does a breathing problem persisting for a year indicate ILD?

Query: Hi doctor, A patient is having a breathing problem. I want to know whether it is a curable or autoimmune disease. She previously had a migraine headache. I am sending her reports. For one year, she is having this problem. Kindly give your opinion.  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Reddy Keesari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It looks like ILD (interstitial lung disease). It is an irreversible condition. I suggest starting on tablet Wysolone (Prednisolone) 10 mg twice daily for two weeks, followed by...  Read Full »

I have stabbing pain in the lower left back after coughing up with phlegm. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male weighing 76 kg and 5.10 feet tall. Since the past month, I have been having issues with my chest. When I wake up in the morning, I cough up a lot of clear and white phlegm and get a stabbing pain in my lower left back. I am suffering from loss of appetite and often fall short ...  Read Full »


Dr. Jeremy David O'kennedy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A productive cough associated with shortness of breath and chest pain¬†always indicates a need for clinical examination and appropriate special investigations as follows. Clinical examination with auscultation (using a stethoscope). Chest x-ray. Sputum specimen for cultur...  Read Full »

During which period does the COVID infection spread to the lungs?

Query: Hi doctor, I have symptoms of COVID since sunday, and on the same day, I have started with antibiotics. I had a high fever for two days, and it has been seven days now. I still have a 990F fever, and my oxygen levels are normal. Is it normal, or anything else needs to be done now?  Read Full »


Dr. Satyajit Jalinder Pawar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com I have gone through the query and can understand your concern. Can you provide me with some details so that I can get an accurate idea of your condition? 1) Along with fever, what other symptoms did you have? 2) What antibiotics have you taken? 3) Have you taken a...  Read Full »

How long does it take to recover from severe COVID-19 pneumonia?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is recovering from severe COVID-19 pneumonia (CT score 17). It is his 22nd day today. Oxygen levels are fine when he sits or lies on the bed. But walking for a short duration drops the oxygen to 84% to 85% range. It comes back to 95% very quickly once he gets back to bed. He ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Satyajit Jalinder Pawar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query, and I can understand your concern. Based on the history provided, your father has a moderately severe disease (computed tomography or CT score 17) and has now recovered. Though he does not require oxygen, there is a fall in saturation aft...  Read Full »

Is decrease in platelet count during COVID indicative of dangerous situation?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is COVID-positive. Now RT-PCR and CBC reports came. I have attached the report for your reference. He continuously has a fever, particularly at night times, temperature 100 degrees, slight cough, mild cold, little body pain. His oxygen saturation level is 93. RT-PCR report say...  Read Full »


Dr. Prathish Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your father's reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). His platelet count is low, and his oxygen level 93% is borderline. We need to see CT (computed tomography) and other markers also to decide on further management. But as o...  Read Full »

Below which percentage of oxygen saturation is oxygen support needed?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother was affected with COVID-19 around nine days ago. She experienced fever (only for a couple of days), cough is present still, and there is so much weakness. Today, her pulse oximeter dropped to 93%, and we had a CT Scan. She is currently on an oxygen bed under doctor care. Can ...  Read Full »


Dr. N Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Do not worry. Oxygen saturation of 93% is acceptable. Oxygen is needed when the SpO2 drops less than 90%. Your mother will be fine. 1) Please ask your mother to do breathing exercises with a respirometer. 2) Do not do any strenuous work. ...  Read Full »

How long will a person have troubled breathing after testing COVID-positive?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother has a breathing issue, high CRP, and D-dimer. She was tested COVID-positive 20 days before. She also has a low SPO2 level. She is 61 years old and a sugar patient. She does not have any allergic reactions to medicines. She is comfortable eating and talking. Her fever has gone d...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. COVID-19 causes lung damage which can cause breathlessness. Please have a chest X-ray done and send me her X-ray. After recovery of cough and fever, shortness of breath may take some time to settle. But if oxygen saturation drops below 90%, this is concerning. Regarding...  Read Full »

When is hospitalization required for a COVID-19 patient?

Query: Hi doctor, From the reports attached, can you please tell me if hospitalization is required for this COVID-19 patient?  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to the investigation report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it shows: Hb (hemoglobin) level is 10.2 gm/dL where normal value is 13.5-18 gm/dL. So, the patient is anemic, suggesting three units of human ...  Read Full »

What are the possible causes for persistent fever for more than three days?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is a 61-year-old, and he started having symptoms of COVID-19 before nine days. His blood reports and HRCT report (4/25) before three days came normal. The only major problem is that he is having fever for the past five days (average 1010F), his oxygen level is around 96 %, a...  Read Full »


Dr. N Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Before proceeding to the treatment, I would like to know few details: Is the oxygen saturation dropping from 98 or 99 to 96? Is he having any other symptoms like loss of smell or taste, cough, or breathlessness? Kindly get back to me with the above-asked detai...  Read Full »

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