Ask Mark -July-2016

    Ask Mark Sharon from EFFORTS asks about her husband who gets fre­ quent chest infections. Usually the infection clears after a course or two of antibiotics, but they are now returning five days after he stops the antibiotics. How do you get rid of these chest infections? Mark Mangus RRT, BSRC, is a…

Calling Dr. Bauer – March 2016

Calling Dr. Bauer The symptoms of Scleroderma are referred to as “CREST”. Calcinosis: Calcium deposits in the skin. Raynaud’s phenomenon: Spasms of blood vessels in response to cold or stress. Esophageal dysfunction:Acid reflux and decrease in motility of esophagus. Sclerodactyly: Thickening and tightening of the skin of the fingers and hands. Telangiectasias: Dilation of capillaries…

Ask Mark …January 2016

Ask Mark … Reza A. of Florida always uses pursed lip breathing but asks Mark to explain why it helps. Mark explains, Pursed lip breathing (PLB) involves exhaling through puckered lips as if you were going to whistle. As an “exhalation” maneuver, PLB is intended to (1) splint the airways, allowing (2) extension of the…

Ask Mark -November-2015

    Ask Mark Theresa wants to know what helps with her shaking? She takes Albuterol, Symbicort, Spiriva and Theophylline and often feels like her insides are quivering. Mark explains, There is a possibility that you are taking too much beta-agonist medication. Beta-agonists are medications that relax muscles of the airways, which opens them to…

Ask Mark -July-2015

    Ask Mark Francine from EFFORTS asks Mark if it has ever been decided when is the best time to take Spiriva – morning or night? Mark Mangus RRT, BSRC, is a member of the Medical Board of EFFORTS (the online support group, Emphysema Foundation For Our Right To Survive, www.emphysema. net). He generously…