Boynton Beach

10150 Hagen Ranch Rd


6650 W Indiantown Rd

Airway Problems

Airway problems are often the result of obstructions of the airway, consisting of the throat, voice box and trachea. These blockages prevent air from entering the lungs either partially or completely, leading to breathing difficulties and a variety of other complications, some potentially life-threatening.


Airway problems can occur in the upper portion of the airway (from the nose and lips to the larynx), the lower portion of the airway (from the larynx to the lungs) or both. They may be acute or chronic.

There are many conditions that can potentially lead to airway problems. These include:

  • Allergies
  • Vocal cord problems
  • Viral and bacterial infections
  • Asthma
  • Trauma
  • Foreign objects in the nose or mouth
  • Croup
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Swelling of the tongue or epiglottis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)


Airway problems cause general discomfort and varied symptoms, including difficulty breathing, choking, gasping for air, wheezing, agitation, cyanosis (a bluish tint to the skin), confusion, panic and unconsciousness.


In order to diagnose an airway problem, your doctor may order certain tests including x-rays, laryngoscopy (examination of your larynx with a scope), and bronchoscopy (inspection of your lungs with a scope).

Treatment varies depending on the cause. Medications or surgery are effective solutions for certain conditions. Sometimes, a more immediate solution is necessary. If you are choking on food lodged in your throat, the Heimlich maneuver is effective in dislodging foreign objects. In order to deliver oxygen and bypass swollen airways, your doctor may rely on endotracheal or nasotracheal tubes, or tracheostomy and cricothyrotomy openings in the airway. Swelling may respond to epinephrine. Emergency situations may require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Scheduling an appointment is easy. Just click the “SCHEDULE ONLINE” button on any page of this website, or call our main number at (561) 736-8141. 

In an effort to meet the needs of the community we are closely monitoring the current situation and at this time we remain open for existing as well as new patients.

Accordingly, we are continuing to see patients with time-sensitive concerns in our office, as well as by telemedicine.
For your safety, the office is being regularly sanitized. Waiting room capacity is being kept to a minimum and we request all visitors to practice social distancing guidelines. We are also screening every patient that comes into the office to ensure the health and safety of our patients, clinicians, and our employees.

ENT Specialists

10150 Hagen Ranch Rd

Boynton Beach, FL 33437

(561) 736-8141

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6650 W Indiantown Rd

Jupiter, FL 33458

(561) 736-8141




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