If you have any form of respiratory distress, to perform daily tasks becomes an uphill task. Any reduction of oxygen supply in your body means that you will have less energy in your body. Also, you will have decreases mental performance because the brain cells are not receiving the optimum amount of oxygen.
One of the conditions that affect the lungs is respiratory distress syndrome. It is a severe condition and can be frightening for anyone. The chances of recovery and survival are higher for people who start recovering before the onset of organ failure.
ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) is a condition that is caused by blockage of airways because of fluid buildup in the lungs inhibiting proper oxygen flow in the body.
Typically, there are leaks from small blood vessels that collect in tiny air sacs which are in the lungs. This hinders the lungs from being filled with air. Therefore your blood is unable to pick the necessary amount of oxygen that the rest of the body needs.
Without enough oxygen, organs such as the kidneys and the brain will not function as they should and will eventually shut down.
ARDS can get serious very fast and even cause death, but it is treatable, especially when it is detected and treated early. Many patients recover.
Respiratory distress cuts across all ages, from infants to older adults. Therefore, there are two types of respiratory distress:
Most of the time, ARDS is triggered by an underlying health problem. Some of the causes of respiratory distress include:
It is still not clear why some people get ARDS, and others do not get it. However, some of the risk factors include:
People who have difficulty breathing will exhibit signs that they are trying very hard to breathe, indicating respiratory distress. Here are the respiratory distress signs:
Our doctor will have to carefully piece the puzzle before getting to know if you have ARDS or not. The other conditions that share symptoms with ARDS have to be ruled out.
Other than the physical exam, here are some of the tests that may be carried out:
Acute respiratory distress syndrome treatment targets to raise your oxygen levels to where they are supposed to be to ensure optimal organ function. There are scenarios where our doctor will give you a ventilator or an air mask to aid you to breathe.
Also, if you have an underlying disease as the cause of ARDS, our doctor will treat that while dealing with ARDS.
Other treatments will include:
You might need to be on a ventilator for some time. You might need physical therapy since ARDS can leave you weak. You can contact us today at Express ER in Waco if you have questions or you want to schedule an appointment.