A 41-year-old member asked:
can any doc tell me what's the difference between an asthma attack and anxiety attack?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Michael Zacharisen answered
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
People also searched for:
Connect by text or video with a U.S. board-certified doctor now — wait time is less than 1 minute!