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Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Maybe: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness that is recurrent. It typically worsens at night and with exercise. There are multiple triggers including allergies, smoke/irritants and even acid reflux. An allergist or pulmonologist can perform a history, exam and lung function tests to help determine if asthma is the cause. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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How do you know if it is allergies I have, or asthma? Throat feels tight but no wheezing. Started last week have some clear phlem.

How do you know if it is allergies I have, or asthma? Throat feels tight but no wheezing. Started last week have some clear phlem.

Allergies: If you can take an allergy pill over the counter like Allegra and the symptoms are relieved then most likely its allergies. If they do not then you may need to see your physician to evaluate further if its truly asthma or allegies causing post nasal drip giving you some clear phlegm when u cough. ...Read more

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Have asthma but tightness seems to come from throat with exertion... Not chest. Is it still asthma or something else?

Have asthma but tightness seems to come from throat with exertion... Not chest. Is it still asthma or something else?

Paroxysmal VCD: Paroxysmal vocal cord dysfunction is a relatively uncommon condition where the vocal cords pinch together limiting air flow. A feeling of throat tightness or stridor without wheezing occurs & can come on without warning, often during exertion. It can occur in asthma patients or as a separate condition. An ENT can confirm the diagnosis. It responds to breathing therapy with a speech/language specialist ...Read more

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Sometimes when I'm just sitting down my throat feels tight, and I feel like I have to take deeper breaths to get air. Also I have asthma.

Sometimes when I'm just sitting down my throat feels tight, and I feel like I have to take deeper breaths to get air. Also I have asthma.

Vocal cord dysfnctn?: There is an unusual condition where the vocal cords spasm & limit air transfer yielding such a feeling. It usually comes on abruptly & is often mislabeled an asthma event. This can be sorted out with a trip to an ENT. Therapy involves learning breathing techniques under the guidance of a speech pathologist. ...Read more

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Dry throat. Tightness and cough especially at night. Pfts done. Is it asthma?

Dry throat. Tightness and cough especially at night. Pfts done. Is it asthma?

It is possible: A lot of patients with Asthma get tightness of the chest and cough at night during an acute attack. You need to be examined by your MD who will be able to tell you for sure if it is Asthma or not. ...Read more

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I have axiety and asthma. My asthma is under control but ive been sighing alot and I feel my throat being tight. I focus on my breathing alot.

I have axiety and asthma. My asthma is under control but ive been sighing alot and I feel my throat being tight. I focus on my breathing alot.

Anxiety: You have shown insight into your problem by recognizing and admitting that you experience chronic anxiety and this is a very positive step. Have your physician refer you to a psychiatrist who will guide you with stress management. If advisable, he/she may prescribe short term antianxiety medication as well. A psychologist can also treat you but can't prescribe medications. ...Read more

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Can vocal cord dysfunction be worse in cold temperatures? I get tightness in throat when I walk lately. It does not respond to asthma inhalers.

Can vocal cord dysfunction be worse in cold temperatures? I get tightness in throat when I walk lately. It does not respond to asthma inhalers.

Yes: There are many triggers for vocal cord dysfunction (vcd). Stress, cold air, anxiety and even gastroesophageal reflux can trigger vcd. As mentioned, vcd does not respond to asthma medications, but it does respond to breathing relaxation techniques that can be learned from your allergist, ENT or speech pathologist. ...Read more

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I have a tight feeling central when I breath in I don't have asthma had tests but when I get sore throat it aches there?

I have a tight feeling central when I breath in I don't have asthma had tests but when I get sore throat it aches there?

Need more: Information to give specific diagnosis. Although it sounds like you may have reflux that is causing the chest discomfort whenever you have a sore throat. Best to consult with your physician so proper treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

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I have cheast and throat tightness no heart problems in past I do have asthma and use to have panick attacks not any more. Not sure what it is?

I have cheast and throat tightness no heart problems in past I do have asthma and use to have panick attacks not any more. Not sure what it is?

Asthma or VCD?: Your symptoms could be related to vocal cord dysfunction (vcd) that is causing the throat tightness & possibly intermittent episodes of difficulty in breathing. Your symptoms could be relieved by learning breathing exercises such as relaxed throat breathing, diaphragmatic breathing and also through muscle tension releasing exercises. Please see a lung specialist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Will asthma always respond to prednisone? Have tightness in throat/reduced lung capacity not responding to pred or inhalers. Not asthma?

Will asthma always respond to prednisone? Have tightness in throat/reduced lung capacity not responding to pred or inhalers. Not asthma?

Not always: Depending on the severity of asthma, some do not respond to steroids. Another medication for severe asthma that may work if you have allergies is xolair. See an allergist, get tested and see if you are a candidate for it. ...Read more

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I'm on xyxal and dymista nasal spray for allergies and some preventative asthma inhalers but my throat is still really tight anything that can help?

I'm on xyxal and dymista nasal spray for allergies and some preventative asthma inhalers but my throat is still really tight anything that can help?

Not asthma?: You may have a condition know as vocal cord dysfunction which can occur with or without asthma. Check with an ENT to check out your throat. I presume your trouble is trying to get enough air breathing in. ...Read more

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My husband used glade carpet power on our carpet. I have asthma and and starting to have shortness of breath and my throat feels somewhat tight. Can you have an allergic reaction after inhaling the fine particle released when you sprinkle powder on the ca

My husband used glade carpet power on our carpet. I have asthma and and starting to have shortness of breath and my throat feels somewhat tight. Can you have an allergic reaction after inhaling the fine particle released when you sprinkle powder on the ca

Asthma and carpet: While these products as well as many strongly scented products can aggravate asthma, your symptoms could also be due to anxiety or panic. Best to remove yourself from the source for a while and use your asthma medicines if you have continued symptoms. Good idea to avoid these in the future. ...Read more

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Using OC with norethindrone acetate. Have asthma & allergies. Experiencing chest tightness, nasal congestion and sore throat since starting med. Related?

Using OC with norethindrone acetate. Have asthma & allergies. Experiencing chest tightness, nasal congestion and sore throat since starting med. Related?

Unlikely: You need to call your doctor right now since you appear to be having an exacerbation in your asthma probably triggered by a viral infection. I greatly doubt that it is related to your OC intake. ...Read more

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What can cause your throat to tighten up, hard to swallow pills even small ones. I have asthma, but this feels like something else?

What can cause your throat to tighten up, hard to swallow pills even small ones. I have asthma, but this feels like something else?

Muscle spasm?: Asthma does not cause swallowing problem. What you may have is likely from muscle spasm or obstruction at the esophagus. You need to see a doctor to find out the cause. ...Read more

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I have mild ashtma but never had asthma attack. However when I am around tobacco smoke, my throat and chest tighten up. Allergic to 2nd hand tobacco smoke? Is there such a thing?

Possible: Smoke is an irritant. While allergy is a possibility, more likely your symptoms are due to the irritating effects of smoke rather than allergy. ...Read more

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Can extreme stress cause a tight neck because I went to ER for a panic attack dr says my lungs and heart seem find, is it asthma or bad stress?

Can extreme stress cause a tight neck because I went to ER for a panic attack dr says my lungs and heart seem find, is it asthma or bad stress?

Tight neck/panic: Hi! The symptoms use describe are not respiratory, but
appear due to stress/panic attacks. You can develop palpitations and feel throat or chest tightness but have a normal exam as in the ER. Neck can tighten or you may have turned your head fast and had muscle strain
of the neck, which Advil can help for that. Breathing in a
paper bag to slow breathing down helps in the moment. ...Read more

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Feeling of labored breathing comes and go and tightness in lower neck. Can still breathe and exercise but bothering. Doc ruled out bronchitis/Asthma?

Feeling of labored breathing comes and go and tightness in lower neck. Can still breathe and exercise but bothering. Doc ruled out bronchitis/Asthma?

Breathing difficulty: IF your doc has ruled out all medical conditions it is likely caused by anxiety. This can be treated by a clinical psychologist who specializes in mood disorders. Www. Relaxationresponse. Org can provide some self-help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does asthma cause you to have phlegm in your throat?

Does asthma cause you to have phlegm in your throat?

It Can...: Yes, asthma can cause phlegm in your throat. But, so can just a simple bronchitis. It really depends. If the phlegm is persistent, then get checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Are people with a history of asthma more susceptible to throat infections?

Uncertain: People with asthma are more susceptible to respiratory tract infection although I have not seen any study related to the throat. Perhaps some of your throat problem is from post-nasal drips or sinusitis and not infection at all. If you are in the military, thank you for your service. ...Read more

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Husband clears his throat all the time, he has sports asthma that is under control with daily medication avair for 12yrs now..

Many possibilities: Throat clearing is from gastric reflux, post nasal drip, too dry saliva, retained throat secretions because the pharynx can't clear them, pharyngeal diverticulitis, foreign body sensation from globus, habit, chronic nasopharyngitis, and others. It rarely indicates a serious condition but I would be most concerned if there is coughing or choking with swallowing, hoarseness, or abnormal swallowing. ...Read more

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Severe pain in throat /upper right chest during strenuous exercise. Only lasts about 10 min afterwards. I do have asthma but this feels defferent.

Severe pain in throat /upper right chest during strenuous exercise. Only lasts about 10 min afterwards. I do have asthma but this feels defferent.

Muscle strain?: If you have asthma and you are familiar with exercise induced attacks you know to try your rescue inhaler before the exercise. However, it sounds more like muscle issues than asthma attacks. Do you use a peak flow meter to check your "good" levels? Give it a try. ...Read more

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I have history of asthma. It's been inactive for a decade. Lately, when I go to bed, it's hard to me to breathe & there's a whistle coming from my throat.

I have history of asthma. It's been inactive for a decade. Lately, when I go to bed, it's hard to me to breathe & there's a whistle coming from my throat.

? Environment: Possible triggers in your bedroom like dust mites or cat dander, or even without any triggers asthma symptoms tend to flare up in the evening and during nights, especially if you have viral infection or subclinical infection. Asthma being dormant for several years can resurge, kindly see your doctor soon who may refer u to an allergist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist, goodluck ...Read more

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We have a forest fire in town and it feels like there is something stuck in my throat (there's not). I have asthma. What can I do until the fires gone?

We have a forest fire in town and it feels like there is something stuck in my throat (there's not). I have asthma. What can I do until the fires gone?

Go see your doctor: We're got a forest fire raging close to vegas & many of our asthma & emphysema patients are coming in short of breath asking for more of their rescue inhalers which we refer to as short-acting beta agonists (saba). Or you might ask for a higher dose laba (long-acting beta agonist and/or higher dose inhaled corticosteroid). Bottom line, lots of options, so go see your family doc. ...Read more

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Whistling exhale from throat. More prominent after waking and gets better throughout day. Dr prescribed acid reflux. No help. Had scope. Asthma test neg?

Whistling exhale from throat. More prominent after waking and gets better throughout day. Dr prescribed acid reflux. No help. Had scope. Asthma test neg?

See below: This might possibly be exercise induced stridor meaning with exercise your bronchial airway closes down some. Definitely more information is needed. Suggest saying A ear nose and throat doctor (ENT). ...Read more

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My son has a croaky cough and asthma wat would the throat be?

Confusing post: You get the most from this site when you provide adequate information that describes your issue and then ask a clear question. You describe a cough & mention asthma but your reference to the throat is not clear. Please start over and clarify the issue. ...Read more

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Can asthma cause feeling of narrowing or swelling in throat? Thanks

Can asthma cause feeling of narrowing or swelling in throat? Thanks

Yes: Although asthma often involves narrowing of the bronchial tree caused by smooth muscle constriction, increased mucus in the airway and inflammation of the airway, the sensation of tightness of the upper airway can also be felt. An allergic reaction can actually cause both throat swelling and thus narrowing as well as swelling of the lower airway. ...Read more

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I'm having pain in throat when deeply inhaled. Sometimes coughing. Have asthma?

I'm having pain in throat when deeply inhaled. Sometimes coughing. Have asthma?

PulmonaryTest/M.D.: With your history of shellfish allergy, one possibility is that you were exposed to something that caused an allergic reaction. Asthma is associated with a dry cough and/or wheezing, the sensation of chest tightness. Not all asthmatics are allergic though. I would recommend monitoring your temperature, obtaining pulmonary testing and checking with your doctor. ...Read more

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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more