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Address Airway Obstruction

Breathe Easier and Live Better

Patients experience airway obstruction when the upper or lower airway is blocked. The upper airway is typically blocked by inflammation of the throat, larynx, or trachea; the lower airway may become obstructed due to swollen bronchioles. Acute upper obstruction caused by an anaphylactic allergic reaction or a foreign object lodged in the airway often requires emergency medical attention.

Obstruction of the airway is common. Millions of Americans have suffered or currently experience some from some form of airway obstruction annually. Proper and prompt medical attention is often necessary for the immediate safety of the person in addition to the person’s overall well-being. Effective treatments can range from behavioral interventions to a tracheostomy procedure by ENT surgeons at miVIP.

Several Common Causes of Obstruction

There are numerous things that can result in the obstruction of the airway. A few common causes of the condition are:

  • Throat cancer
  • Traumatic injury
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Swallowing of foreign objects
  • Anaphylactic allergic reactions
  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis

It is important to have access to expert diagnostic techniques in addition to expert surgical, behavioral, and pharmaceutical interventions from a team of expert physicians at miVIP.

Symptoms of Obstruction

Severe obstruction will often make it impossible for individuals to speak. It is important to seek emergency care for individuals that are actively expressing the inability to obtain air by exhibiting the following behaviors:

  • Choking
  • Gasping for air
  • Expressing panic
  • Wheezing
  • Experiencing difficulty breathing

Cyanosis, also known as blue skin tone, is typically seen in individuals that are no longer conscious.

Treatment Options

The most effective treatment options for airway obstruction are dependent on the underlying cause of the condition. Treatments may range from a one-time Heimlich maneuver used to dislodge a foreign object in the upper airway to a tracheostomy procedure used to provide immediate access to the airway if the underlying cause is tracheomalacia or cystic fibrosis.

A tracheostomy procedure involves creating a permanent opening in the trachea, or windpipe. A tube is placed in the opening in order to provide a steady source of air for patients that are able to retain mobility and a higher quality of life without the fear of suddenly not being able to breathe.

Prognosis of Obstruction of the Airways

Airway obstructions can be a single frightening event or they may be caused by a condition that requires pharmaceutical or surgical intervention. However, almost all cases of significant obstruction can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Contact miVIP Today

Call our friendly staff at 855-956-2263 to schedule a consultation with an expert ENT. We will help live your day-to-day life comfortably and with more confidence.

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