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A 23-year-old male asked:

what does shortness of breath feel like?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Hold Ur breath and C: The feeling u get towards the end is what it's like. This is the feeling people who have COPD have every day. Or like gasping 4 breath after u run a long distance, & u r unable to catch ur breath. This is not a good feeling 2 have all day long.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Elephant on chest: To paraphrase supreme court potter stewart, you'll know it when you feel it. Some people describe shortness of breath as not being able to inhale deep (or deeply enough). Others describe it as if an elephant were sitting on their chest so they couldn't breathe, like someone squeezing you too tightly. You may or may not wheeze when short of breath. Go see your family doc for pulmonary function test.

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Why do I always get so short of breath after climbing stairs, but not while I am climbing them?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
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See below: You are more likely to notice the shortness of breath after you stop and maybe that is why you stopped in the first place. Keep walking and you will eventiually get short of breath while doing the exercise. When you stop you have just completed the entire exercise so more likely to be short of breath than when you were halfway finished.
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Could there be mold in my house if every time I am home for any length of time I am short of breath and feel aloof?

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Short of breath: It very well be something in your home you are reacting to. It could be mold, or something you are allergic to e.g. House dust, mites, or some chemical you are reacting to. Animals in the home can also cause allergy and problems with irritattion of the lungs. You could have low grade asthma. You may have a toxic home. You need medical attention to find out why you are short of breath.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

I got a puppy and since then have been short of breath. Am I allergic to her?

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Either that...: ...Or she's so cute she takes your breath away. See your doctor to find out which.
A 43-year-old member asked:

If someone with a greenfield filter develops shortness of breath, could there be a clot in the filter?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
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Yes: Unfortunately filters may not be all that protective. Filters can actually develop clot on the metal extensions of the device. These can break off and embolize to the lungs. Filters should really never be placed without having the patient also on blood thinner unless the patient absolutely cannot take blood thinner.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

What does it feel like to have shortness of breath?

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Dr. Nishant Kalra
Cardiology 19 years experience
Difficulty breathing: You will feel hungry for air and as of you need more air and can't get enough.

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