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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Can you go through the reports of my relative's daughter and suggest a treatment plan?

Query: Hello doctor, My relative's daughter, who is 16 years old, met with a car accident. She is admitted to the hospital. Please give your suggestions on her case. She is currently undergoing surgery. The below extract was of her case study. The doctors say that the body below her neck is not moving. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand the case scenario. The reason behind her low blood pressure and inability to move all four limbs is actually the cervical spinal cord injury. Surgery is risky because of low blood pressure, but it is possible to operate if the anesthetic team is able to manag...  Read Full »

Why do I feel sick for two days even after testing negative for COVID-19?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been sick recently for two whole days and have symptoms that are flu-like or COVID-like. I took the test, but it turned out to be negative, but I am still feeling very ill, so I am guessing that I have the flu. What do I do if I cannot go back to work due to all the symptoms I am...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern. It is good to read that the COVID-19 test turned out negative. Most probably, you would be having symptoms like body ache, headache, sore throat, fever, dry cough, etc. Similar symptoms are observed in COVID-19 also, but you have done RT-PCR (...  Read Full »

Can a person with CT lung changes due to COVID pneumonia travel?

Query: Hi doctor, This is regarding my father’s medical condition. I want to know is he in a serious condition or is he good to travel. He had the same cough problem for the past two months and was treated by different doctors. Once the medication is done, then the cough started again. At last, he t...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your statement, your father has been suffering from a continuous cough for the last two months. According to the CT (computed tomography) scan of the chest (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), bilateral interstitial thickening was noted...  Read Full »

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. Basuki Nath 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. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

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. Pawar Satyajit Jalinder

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 »

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