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can any doc tell me what's the difference between an asthma attack and anxiety attack?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
May feel similar: During an asthma attack there is narrowing of small airways leading to cough, wheezing, chest tightness and/or short of breath. This can lead to a person feeling very anxious (can't breathe). Similarly, anxiety can trigger an asthma attack. Anxiety/panic attack is usually associated with hyperventilation. Vocal cord dysfunction can lead to difficulty on inspiration and be confused with both.
Answered on Jan 1, 2017
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