I was recently diagnosed with stridor. It only happens when I exhale and it is very quiet. I was just wondering what this is, what caused it and how can I get rid of it? I am 29 yrs old, former smoker of 9 yrs ( just quit 2 weeks ago) I have GERD and allergies. Can either one of those be causing this or is this damage from smoking? Please help I am very concerned about this! Thanks in advance!
Stridor generally originates in the voice box also know as the larynx. You should be seen by an ears, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist. This doctor may do a direct fiber optic laryngoscopy to determine the cause of the stridor. This is a procedure where the doctor will use a small instrument to look directly at your larynx, including your vocal cords. This stridor may be related to your past smoking. It may be related to your gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is also possible that this is related to both your past smoking and your GERD.
Sorry, I don't know anything about Stridor, but I do know that allergies and GERD CAN make lung problems worse. Please ask your doctor the questions you posted--what Stridor is and the recommended course of treatment and prognosis. Quitting smoking was GREAT & is the BEST thing you could do for your lungs and health! Keep it up!
Anyway, I'm sure the LungLine nurse will post more info about Stridor.
You can search www.NationalJewish.org to find out lots of good infor about allergies and GERD. Best of luck to you!
It is no secret that persons with a history of GERD can certainly present with stridor and other respiratory manifestations. Persistent cough, wheezing, and stridor can all accompany those who suffer from GERD as well as allergies.
Stridor is a term used that describes noisy breathing in general, usually associated with infection, swelling, or obstruction of the upper airway. Some tests that may be performed to determine the severity of the swelling may be to perform a nasoparyngeal scope to directly visualize the nasopharynx. Also, an x-ray can be performed to see how much swelling is visible. If able, flow-volume loop tests may be done to assess how much air is flowing through the airway in inspiration and expiration.
As for treatment, in severe cases (unlikely to be you!) breathing tubes or tracheostomy tubes need to be inserted to maintain a patent airway. In less severe cases, oral steroids may be used as well as nebulized racemic epinephrine treatments to decrease the swelling. I hope all works out for you. Best of luck...
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