Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen therapy is provided for patients with breathing disorders who cannot get adequate oxygen readily. It will help in increasing the quality of life by ensuring proper sleep and good energy. Breathing disorders that might need supplemental oxygen therapy include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, undeveloped lungs in newborns, lung fibrosis, sleep apnea, respiratory asthma, heart failure, etc. Oxygen gas, liquid oxygen, oxygen concentrators, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy are the distinct varieties of oxygen therapy.

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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 »

Does a negative RT-PCR report mean no COVID-19 infection?

Query: Hi doctor, These are the treatment details of a 54-year-old severe pneumonia patient with a height of 5 feet 4 inches and weight of 70 kg each day from testing COVID-19 positive of a patient. On the first day of the symptom, her blood sugar levels and fever were high. So COVID-19 kit was given by t...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your patient has been suffering from severe COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pneumonia. Though your patient has become COVID-19 negative, she is now in the ICU (intensive care unit) an...  Read Full »

How to recover from altitude sickness?

Query: Hello doctor,I have got really bad mountain (altitude) sickness before five days. They put me on oxygen and gave me a pill at the airport. I traveled back to sea level and seemed to be recovering. I traveled in a car the last couple of days, and I am now with very little medical support. I have weir...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The picture does appear to that of HAPE (high altitude pulmonary edema). The presence of a headache, difficulty in breathing, chest heaviness, irritability and stomach pains are initial symptoms of altitude sickness. You have rightly been given oxygen and brought down ...  Read Full »

Are premature babies prone to lung disease as adults?

Query: Hello doctor, I was born premature and required incubation for the first three months of my life. While in an incubator, I received oxygen daily for my lungs. I am now almost 30 years old. I have health anxiety, and worried that I am more susceptible to lung cancer or illness because of my premature...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Being premature and being on oxygen for the first few months does increase the risk of lung infection, that too in early years of life. Now you are in 30, and I feel you have crossed the stage where you could have been at risk for infection and not for cancer. I am more ...  Read Full »

Can COVID-19 pneumonia cause long-term effects and affect the respiratory tract?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is a non-smoker with no previous lung injuries. His height is 5.6, and his weight is 58 kilograms. He was admitted to a hospital for COVID-19 pneumonia on 17 th of last month. At the time of admitting his chest computed tomography scan reading was 9, and CRP (C-reactive pr...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your father has been suffering from COVID-19 pneumonia, and he has its associated complications or consequences since the last month. According to the CT (computed tomography) chest report (attachment re...  Read Full »

What can cause a drop in the oxygen saturation level?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with asthma and take Symbicort twice a day. My oxygen levels run 92 on resting and go down to 87 to 89 when I climb the stairs. I am a 70-year-old male and worry about it. I had lung clots six years ago, and I do not take blood thinners. I had a chest CT scan last m...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from asthma. Your oxygen levels usually are 92 in the resting stage, but it becomes 87 to 89 on exertion. As your oxygen saturation is around 92%, so oxygen therapy...  Read Full »

How to manage bilateral pneumothorax and mediastinal emphysema?

Query: Hi doctor, I am looking for a specialist opinion. My wife is diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. She has a small rim of pneumothoraces bilaterally with subcutaneous disease and mediastinal emphysema. I am attaching her reports. Kindly suggest a treatment to manage the condition.  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the CT scan reports and images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems to be a long-standing problem and it progresses fast. You have not mentioned the chief complaints of the patient and previous treatment details. According to th...  Read Full »

What is the chance of pulmonary fibrosis in an older patient post COVID-19 recovery?

Query: Hi doctor, My mom got admitted to the hospital. Initially, she was fine, and her CT score was 7/20, and she started to deteriorate from that. She was on O2 support, and then she had CT severity 16/20 for COVID-19 pneumonia. I have attached the report. And then, she was on BiPAP for a week and slowl...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from COVID-19 pneumonia. She has done HRCT of the chest, and the report has revealed that multifocal patchy ground-glass opacities were noted involving peripheral and posterior segments ...  Read Full »

Please suggest the latest treatment for non-specific interstitial pneumonia.

Query: Hi doctor, For the past five years, I have been suffering from non-specific interstitial pneumonia. Initially, I used Deltacortril and Imuran for a year and then till now I am only using Imuran two tablets in the morning and one in the evening. While going to sleep, I use 1 L/min oxygen. I do like t...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. NSIP, non-specific interstitial pneumonia is a chronic disease of interstitial pneumonia. The treatment of disease runs long term. If you stop the treatment early, there is more chance of relapse and the disease will not be controlled with the same medicines. Coming t...  Read Full »

Why does my father keep having unconcious episodes?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 55 years old. He is good in terms of his health and weight. He recently had a large AVM rupture and he was flown to the nearest hospital. He had a craniotomy to remove AVM and the ICH caused a large stroke. He was left paralyzed on his right side with the capability to speak,...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajyaguru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. When the cortical damage is widespread, the consciousness is impaired. Your father has come out from the deep unconsciousness, he is recovering now. During recovery, this sort of episodes are common and gradually the frequency of this episode would come down. Other factor...  Read Full »

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