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Could breathlessness and tightness in the chest be asthma as the underlying cause?

Could breathlessness and tightness in the chest be asthma as the underlying cause?

Yes....: Both these symptoms could be due to asthma but there are many other possibilities as well. An evaluation by a physician would be needed to be certain of the reason for these symptoms in your case and to render the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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Does anxiety cause asthma like symptoms such as tight chest and breathlessness?

Does anxiety cause asthma like symptoms such as tight chest and breathlessness?

Stress relief: Yes it can. It can mimic heart disease. Try and learn self relaxation techniques, like meditation or self hypnosis. Exercise regularly and avoid stimulants. Get your sleep and eat small frequent meals. Some people get anxiety reactions from certain foods and additives like msg. Your doctor might prescribe an "emergency pill" for anxiety like Propranolol or xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more

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Been experiencing breathlessness daily for 4 months now. It feels like my throat is closing. No discomfort in chest, diagnosed with asthma. is it?

Been experiencing breathlessness daily for 4 months now. It feels like my throat is closing. No discomfort in chest, diagnosed with asthma. is it?

Asthma vs. VCD: Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) or paradoxical vocal cord dysfunction is a condition that can mimic asthma but involves breathlessness focused in the throat area rather than lower airways where asthma usually hangs out. Can get a methacholine challenge test to confirm/deny asthma diagnosis and consider getting a videostroboscopy to evaluate VCD. ...Read more

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2 months offrequent late night breathlessness, cough/wheez-ing.Got chest xray done.Have bilateral apical pleural thickening. Would it lead to asthma?

2 months offrequent late night breathlessness, cough/wheez-ing.Got chest xray done.Have bilateral apical pleural thickening. Would it lead to asthma?

Unrelated: You seem to have asthma and need to consult your doctor who will likely obtain a breathing test on you to confirm the diagnosis then treat you accordingly. Since you have had sinusitis, it suggests that you have allergic rhinitis as well and thus an allergy consult may be worthwhile. ...Read more

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For about 2 months i've been coughing, wheezing, had chest tightness and breathlessness. Is seeing an allergy/asthma dr a good idea?

For about 2 months i've been coughing, wheezing, had chest tightness and breathlessness. Is seeing an allergy/asthma dr a good idea?

Yes, good idea: An allergist can assist you in identifying the triggers of the cough, wheeze, etc, perform an examination, perform a breathing test called spirometry, and prescribe the right medications to control/prevent the symptoms as well as a quick relief medication to give rapid relief. ...Read more

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Asthma bothers me during exercise, even the least activity causes shortness of breath and tightness in my chest, not just cardio exercises.

Asthma bothers me during exercise, even the least activity causes shortness of breath and tightness in my chest, not just cardio exercises.

Uncontrolled asthma: We don't know what type of asthma you have? At any rate you are still suffering, you need to be evaluated by an allergist/immunologist for better asthma control, meanwhile, if you exercise regularly you need to take a bronchodilator inhaler right before exercise, albuterol (ventolin), call this no in Cairo for an appointment with an allergist/immunologist if you wish, 0122-279-6437, good luck ...Read more

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Most likely cause of shortness of breath if lung function good chest X-ray clear and no asthma or allergies?

Most likely cause of shortness of breath if lung function good chest X-ray clear and no asthma or allergies?

More details needed: Do you have SOB at rest or only with or after exercise? Do you have trouble getting air in or pushing air out? Do you have trouble talking whenever you have such an attack? Do you have any pounding in your chest? Do you have anemia? Providing such info will likely get you a better answer.since there are so many causes of SOB ...Read more

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I've been wondering for a while if my asthma has returned as I feel breathless, tight chested and easily tiered even though i walk 4 times a week.

I've been wondering for a while if my asthma has returned as I feel breathless, tight chested and easily tiered even though i walk 4 times a week.

Never goes away: Asthma is a chronic disease that never "goes away". Instead, symptoms can be under good control. No matter how in shape you are, you can have recurrence of symptoms at any time in your life. It may have been a heavy pollen day on your last run or you caught a virus that is triggering symptoms. So yes, you can have recurrence of symptoms any day and any time in your life - see your doc ASAP! ...Read more

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I ve bronceictasis and mild asthma, do I need 2 use inhalor.Ie;seretide regularly to keep chest free from mucus?Or only should take it when breathless

I ve bronceictasis and mild asthma, do I need 2 use inhalor.Ie;seretide regularly to keep chest free from mucus?Or only should take it when  breathless

Regular use: Seretide is meant to be a controller medication that should be used on a daily basis. It will not be effective for immediate relief of acute symptoms and should not be used as a rescue inhaler when you are acutely ill. Please discuss an action plan with your doctor so you know which medicines to use daily & which ones are to be used when you are having acute symptoms. ...Read more

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I have asthma and I've been experiencing Shortness of breath and pressure in my chest when I'm doing activities and laying down.for a week ?

I have asthma and I've been experiencing Shortness of breath and pressure in my chest when I'm doing activities and laying down.for a week ?

Asthma exacerbation: It sounds like your asthma has gotten worse in the last week. It's time to visit your doctor to update your asthma action plan so you know what you can do when your asthma gets worse. For now, use your albuterol inhaler more often. Maybe you need a second inhaler for a couple of weeks until things calm down again. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more