U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 21-year-old member asked:

if i have shortness of breath after short exercises do i have bronchitis?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll answered
Family Medicine 25 years experience
No: Not likely. You are most likely suffering from exercise-induced bronchospasm, which is more related to asthma. This is treated somewhat differently from bronchitis.
Dr. Paul Abramson
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: This really depends on your health history and the details of the symptoms you are having. You should start by seeing a doctor for a physical examination, and the discuss the possible cause then.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Not necessarily...: Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection of the airways and you would have symptoms of infection. Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is usually due to cigarette smoking. This, too, would have other symptoms and not just decreased exercise tolerance. See your doctor to evaluate your decreased exercise tolerance, if present.
Dr. Cynthia Thaik
Cardiology 31 years experience
R/o asthma: Should get evaluated for exercise induced asthma. Also would rule out exercises induced hypertension or occult hypertension.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Probably not: Shortness of breath with exercise can come from lung disease, heart disease or deconditioning. It is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible to get an exam and some testing to figure out the cause. At 24 years old it is unlikely to be from your heart. More likely would be asthma or reactive airways. Bronchitis is an infection of the bronchial tubes causing a deep cough/congestion.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month
Last updated Sep 30, 2020
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.