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Is it choking or strangulation?

Choking or strangulation involves limitation of air brought about by something other than disease but choking comes from within the throat while strangulation comes from outside. Close look on choking Choking is defined as airway obstruction due to a foreign body. It is an object physically in the way of air moving in and out […]

What is emphysema?

Emphysema is a lung condition that arises after many years of smoking. Once this condition develops, it could not be reversed. Due to this, avoiding smoking or cessation is vital. The condition involves damage to the air sac walls of the lungs. While inhaling, the alveoli stretch to draw in oxygen and transport it to […]

Deviated septum

A deviated septum is considered as a prevalent condition of the nose. It is important to note that the septum is the bone and cartilage separating the left and right sides of the nasal cavity. Deviation or displacement of the septum is generally due to trauma. In some cases, it can be congenital or linked […]

Smoke inhalation

Smoke inhalation

Smoke inhalation is one of the main cause of fire-related deaths. This occurs if an individual inhale the products of combustion during a fire. It is important to note that combustion involves the rapid breakdown of substances by heat, resulting to smoke which is a combination of heated gases and particles. What are the indications? […]

Close look on refrigerant poisoning

A refrigerant is a chemical substance utilized in air-cooling and refrigeration. It functions as a medium of cooling. Poisoning can occur by accidental or intentional intake of any product that contains the compound. It is important to note that there are various forms of refrigerants such as carbon dioxide, ammonia, chlorofluorocarbons and halocarbons. The fluorinated […]

Stridor: What are the usual causes?

Stridor is described as a high-pitched wheezing sound caused by disturbed airflow. The airflow is typically disrupted by an obstruction in the larynx. Generally, children are affected more often than adults. What are the types? Inspiratory – the abnormal sound can only be heard during inhalation which indicates an issue with the tissues above the […]

Overview on croup

Croup is a viral ailment that results to inflammation of the vocal cords. The condition is characterized by difficulty breathing with a bad cough like a barking seal. The condition is prevalent during the autumn and winter season, usually affecting children below 5 years old. Various viruses are known to cause croup. Most cases are […]

Bronchial spasms

What is acute respiratory failure?

Acute respiratory failure arises if fluid builds up in the air sacs in the lungs. Once this occurs, the lungs could not release oxygen into the blood. Consequently, the organs could not receive enough oxygenated blood to function. Acute respiratory failure can also develop if the lungs could not eliminate carbon dioxide from the blood. […]