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How do you tell the difference between asthma and being out of shape

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Elton
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Pulmonary functions: Pulmonary function testing while symptomatic can usually be used to confirm the presence of asthma.
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience Allergy and Immunology
It's not always easy: Either being out of shape or asthma can make you feel short of breath when you exercise. An allergist or pulmonologist can have you do a lung functio ... Read More

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
See below: If you are out of shape, i would think that you would start having breathing problems within minutes but true asthma takes about 15-20 montes or long ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Can be challenge: Distinguishing between deconditioning and exercise asthma can be a challenge. An exercise challenge may be helpful but unless they are done under the ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Majzun
13 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No: Asthma can affect just about anyone. If you are obese, your asthma may be more difficult to control, but obesity does not cause asthma. Occassionall ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
Doctor visit: Since both alternatives need medical attention, you should visit your doctor. Both can exist together. Shortness of breath is significant and should ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Pulmonary functions: Either being out of shape or asthma can make you feel short of breath when you exercise. An allergist or pulmonologist can have you do a lung functio ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stevan Cordas
56 years experience Internal Medicine
Exercise asthma: They both can cause you to be out of breath but exercise asthma is associated with true asthma, which causes more severe shortness of breath as well a ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Meislin
35 years experience sports medicine
Out of breath: Asthma is a specific respiratory disorder of your lungs. It is often associated with wheezing. "breathing very hard" may be a sign that you may need t ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Good choice: There is no "best". Inhaled steroid like Qvar is a good start.
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joshua Messer
13 years experience Family Medicine
Long answer: This would require a longer history, physical, and potentially testing like chest xray, pulmonary function tests, and maybe heart testing. The most c ... Read More

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