throat swollen shut
Posted 27 April 2012 - 10:13 AM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:40 AM
I have never had that problem but I have sent messages to a couple of our RTs and asked them to get back to you. It might help them if you could provide a little more information such as if this has happened before, what if any medications you are on, etc.
Hopefully one of our experts will get back to you soon.
One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:42 PM
Having not experienced that personally, I will be interested to read what our RT's have to say about it. Glad you came in with a new question for us.
It makes my mind ask so many questions, and it sounds very scary. How did you cope with it? Hope it was a one time thing. Tell us more, please.
Posted 29 April 2012 - 06:06 PM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:35 AM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:23 AM
get any air in. You don't give us much to go on and since everyone is different, all I can do is share
with you what I do when I feel this way.
When I wake up like that, I sit up on the side of the bed and take two puffs from my Albuterol Inhaler.
I wait a couple of minutes and then I try to do some Purse Lip Breathing(PLB) by Breathing in through
your nose and blowing out through pursed lips, like you would blow on a bowel of hot soup. This is only
a suggestion and something that I do to relieve these types of symptoms. You should talk about this
with your Dr as soon as possible. Hopefully the R.T.'s will pick up on this thread as soon as they
check in today.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:27 AM
There can be several reasons for that symptom to occur, lets look at a few;
hydration - if your throat and mouth dry out during the night they can become irritated by foreign "stuff" in the air (dust, pollen, fumes) and if you smoke or have second hand smoke exposure this is much more likely a cause. Make sure you are well hydrated always, but especially before bed. A nice big glass of water will do just fine. Also if your saliva production slows at night a sour candy or mint may help. There are also mouth sprays available over the counter...and also try a mouthwash and gargle before bed.
apnea- some folks with sleep apnea have this symptom upon waking.
mucus - sinus drainage can pool in the throat while sleeping. If you have nasal congestion or drainage during the day, getting that under control could help.
allergies - this can also occur if you are exposed, or eat something you have an allergy to. Often you will have swelling or "blotches" around mouth or face if this is the problem. Your Doc may need to give you a small steroid dose, if this is the case.
viral- If this a one time thing it could also be a pesky virus that set up housekeeping in your upper airways. Worth a thought when you talk to doc.
SO.....it is worth following up on this with your physician. If you think any of the above may be a factor be sure you mention it. In the meantime, Tims advice on the inhaler and PLB should reduce the symptoms if they occur again. PLB technique has been discussed several times in old threads...look around a bit and I am sure you will find it, combined with a good "cough and spit" it can be a good before bed approach to relieving any congestion.
Hope this helps you determine what is going on.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:43 AM
Scary, indeed! I'm glad you came on to ask this question.
Larry has outlined several possibilities for your throat feeling closed like that (thanks so much, Larry!).
If you have already been prescribed a rescue inhaler such as Albuterol, Pro-air, Ventolin, or other taking that as Tim suggests, is worth a try. But do contact your doctor without hesitation just to cover all the possibilities. In order to live, we need to keep our airways open - all our airways, from the nose and mouth all the way down to the bottoms of our lungs. Here's more information on breathing medications, explaining what rescue medicines are and how they work.
Stay in touch and let us know what you find out. We have many readers here on BBLW who don't post, but learn from the experience of others. We help each other in this way. That's what it's all about.
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