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A 31-year-old male asked:

For some days i am getting a tight chest with breathlessness while taking a bath. i dont get this feeling while washing my hair or face, the feeling starts only when water touches my body (from shoulders to feet). plz help i'm scared?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
Psychological apprehension about immersion in water is a common reaction, perhaps based on unconscious fears from former episodes where fear of drowning occurred. "Adrenolin" produced secondary to fear even if unconsciously evoked can restrict breathing ease ("tight chest") but is usually not related to adverse health concerns.

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