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Respiratory Distress

In respiratory distress, troubled breathing can be due to severe infections, chronic illness, or blockages in the airway. Signs include nasal flare, grunting sounds during exhalation, sweating on the head region, wheezing, increased breath rate, and skin color changes (bluish near the mouth and generalized paleness). These indicate that the person is trying hard to get oxygen, and immediate treatment is necessary.

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When can a person have voice change and difficult breathing?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 36 year old female. I smoke but I have no medical history. I do take medicines for depression. About 2 months ago, I started to lose my voice. Otherwise, I felt fine. I do not have a history of losing my voice, so I assumed I must have picked up a virus. My voice slowly continued t...  Read Full »

Dr. Alok Rathi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have developed change in voice followed by difficulty in swallowing and also difficulty in breathing. Being a chronic smoker and the gradually progressive symptoms for a period of two months with an episode acute respiratory distress, I suggest you to visit ER (em...  Read Full »

My breathing is uncomfortable even after getting recovered from covid-19. Why?

Query: HelloI am a male who weighs 212 pounds and is 5 foot 9. I was diagnosed with COVID-19 2 weeks ago, and my symptoms have all gone away except one. I do not know if I have shortness of breath, dyspnea, or other breathing problems, but I feel like I need more air in my lungs, and my breathing has been ...  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am very sorry to learn about your condition. COVID-19 is a very new and tricky disease, everyday we as physicians are learning more about it. For example, up to 30 % of all recovered COVID patients will still suffer from some degree of symptoms. It is called long-COV...  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 154.32 Ibs 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 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

I am worried as I suffer from asthma like symptoms. Can you suggest me some home remedies to cure it?

Query: Hello doctor, I do not know why do I breathe as if I have asthma although I do not suffer from asthma. Please suggest me some home remedies to cure the condition. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. You should understand the seriousness of a asthma if you have it. You should be sure enough that you have it or not. I advise you to meet a doctor for detailed history and examination followed by treatment. Asthma can b...  Read Full »

Are my baby's symptoms normally seen with bronchiolitis?

Query: Hi doctor, My 9 months old baby had a high fever, cough, and cold. Initially, it was the fever that was concerning. Later the cough was severe and hospitalized for bronchiolitis. He was put on a nebulizer and after three days his condition has improved. So, the doctor suggested moving from the nebul...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepak Patel

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The symptoms that your child has been suggestive of bronchiolitis. In bronchiolitis, nebulization needs to be given for five to seven days; usually, the child recovers in seven days. Your child was discharged from the hospital and developed respiratory distress after c...  Read Full »

I have a respiratory problem. Is it wise to plan gallbladder operation?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother was diagnosed to have acute cholecystitis. She is 65 years old and is suffering from respiratory and heart problem. One mild stroke also happened around two years back. She had recently failed pulmonary function test. Will it be wise to plan gallbladder operation? Please reply.  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If a diagnosis of acute cholecystitis is confirmed, it is advisable to proceed with gallbladder surgery. However, the suitability of the patient for anesthesia must be considered. In the case of your mother, who is experiencing pulmonary function test abnormalities, it is...  Read Full »

Why do I get swelling on face, feet, and legs post by-pass surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I have by-pass surgery done. I am having respiratory problems and broncho asthma. I have swelling of body parts like face, feet, and legs.  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Jauhari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your respiratory issue could be due to chest infection. Kindly answer the following questions for a better understanding of your health issue. What is your blood pressure (BP) status? Is there any cough and sputum or fever? Do you feel breathless on walking or even while...  Read Full »

Can bronchoscopy help in lung collapse caused due to pneumonia?

Query: Hi doctor, My uncle has been admitted to a hospital, after a week of high-grade fever along with a cough, which gradually increased. They took a chest x-ray and blood tests and confirmed that it is pneumonia, and my uncle was on oxygen (O2). He was also suspected for swine flu, and we waited for the...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshuman Srivastava

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen all the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) This history seems to be of acute viral pneumonitis, probably due to a new unknown strain or H1N1. Sometimes, cultures may be negative while he can still harbor it. The computed tomography (CT) ...  Read Full »

Can respiratory infection cause panic attacks?

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from fear and anxiety all the time. And I am scared for no reason and cannot sleep at night because of this feeling. I am afraid of death. I had panic attacks in the past weeks. By the way, I have mild symptoms of respiratory infection. The panic attack started after my respirat...  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your situation. You should consult your family physician for a mild respiratory infection. You may have an anxiety disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it. It would help if you tried to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It wi...  Read Full »

What are the possible ways of contracting COVID-19?

Query: Hello doctor, Today I took a COVID-19 test. Not because I have been feeling sick if anything. As a matter of fact, my husband just took his test and it was negative. Every time I go out I take the necessary precautions. After I left the doctor's office I sanitized my hands and walked towards my car....  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have undergone for COVID-19 test and after finishing the test, you have touched your car's door handle with your bare hands and also touched your nose and your query is the chance of being infected by COVI...  Read Full »

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