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Can cold air cause breathlessness without asthma? It's my trigger but inhalers barely help! (Ventolin, plus Clenil and Serevent (salmeterol) twice a day)

Can cold air cause breathlessness without asthma? It's my trigger but inhalers barely help! (Ventolin, plus Clenil and Serevent (salmeterol) twice a day)

Consider other cause: Cold air exposure is a common trigger. Could be undiagnosed/improperly treated asthma or another condition that mimics asthma like vocal cord dysfunction. Would suggest seeing specialist for further workup and evaluation. An allergist would be someone good to talk to. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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


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I m suffering from breathlessness. Is it asthma??

I m suffering from breathlessness. Is it asthma??

Not online: The causes vary from lung issues to heart issues to blood issues and more. Without reviewing your history, doing an exam and testing as needed there is no way to ake that determination. I suggest you schedule a visit and have it evaluated. It may be something easily fixed or something life changing. ...Read more

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Does breathing difficulty cause anxiety , ie;breathlessness caused by asthma, or bronchiectasis?

Does breathing difficulty cause anxiety , ie;breathlessness caused by asthma, or bronchiectasis?

Distress: The natural response to severe shortness of breath can reach panic level. I find that using anxiety to describe this reaction is extremely dangerous since it significantly downplays the urgency of the situation and may lead to administration of anxiolytics which could be detrimental. ...Read more

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Can allergies developed at the age of 17 outgrown. Ige level 302 while normal is till100. Absolute eosinophil count 410. Breathlessness is it asthma?

Can allergies developed at the age of 17 outgrown. Ige level 302 while normal is till100. Absolute eosinophil count 410. Breathlessness is it asthma?

Yes: Allergies can develop at any age. While your numbers are elevated, they are not so bad that you need panic or run to er. Call your primary care doctor or an allergist so you can discuss your specific symptoms, have a good check-up that focusses on areas involved (for instance your lungs) and then any tests, (breathing, blood, etc) that can enlighten both you and doc as to cause of symptoms and tx. ...Read more

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Breathlessness, is this anxiety or asthma?

Breathlessness, is this anxiety or asthma?

It could be either: To find out you would need a medical evaluation. If they do not find asthma, see a psychologist to work on anxiety. ...Read more

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How to cure continuous wheezing and breathlessness with fatigue for an asthma patient?

How to cure continuous wheezing and breathlessness with fatigue for an asthma patient?

See a doctor: Asthma can be managed effectively. You will most likely need various inhalers and possibly more. A lung function test is critical for accurate assessment of your condition. See a doctor right away. Allergists and Pulmonologists specialize in this condition. ...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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When i play football i get breathless I use my asthma inhaler but doesn't have affect?

When i play football i get breathless I use my asthma inhaler but doesn't have affect?

Change timing?: If you know that every time you play football, or exercise for that matter, you get breathless, you may want to consider using your rescue inhaler before the exercise. Talk it over with your physician. ...Read more

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Breathing feels heavy, feeling breathless, not wheezy. I have asthma, with some relief from ventolin, still taking this more than usual?

Breathing feels heavy, feeling breathless, not wheezy. I have asthma, with some relief from ventolin, still taking this more than usual?

Time for Check: It sounds like you need more medication for your asthma. Go get checked out by a doc and have them added asap. I have lost 2 friends to asthma, one was a doctor. Don't fool around. ...Read more

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Did ive a problem if after 5 min i did an exercise then i felt breathlessness,usually im not like that.i did not have any asthma or resp disease.

Did ive a problem if after 5 min i did an exercise then i felt breathlessness,usually im not like that.i did not have any asthma or resp disease.

Possible: it appears to be anxiety in view of ur history.

But get checked once with fred mill test if u do not improve ur exercise capacity after gradual training. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of breathlessness in a non smoker if asthma and COPD ruled out?

What are the possible causes of breathlessness in a non smoker if asthma and COPD ruled out?

Breathless: If your handle means you are 53yo think about your heart or how in shape you are; if breathlessness continues see your doctor. ...Read more

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Breathlessness and I have a tickling narrowing feeling at the end of each breath and heaviness in centre-slight left. No history of asthma any causes?

Breathlessness and I have a tickling narrowing feeling at the end of each breath and heaviness in centre-slight left. No history of asthma any causes?

Multiple: Shortness of breath may be caused by a number of underlying conditions, including asthma, cardiac disease, embolism, muscle fatigue and pulmonary hypertension. Your physician may order a pulmonary function test with and without a bronchodilator, an EKG and a Chest radiograph after obtaining a detailed medical history and physical examination to help determine the cause. ...Read more

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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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I occasionally ve mild asthma symptoms, but if i ve no breathlessness should I still use the inhalors, ? I ve bronciectasis too. Thanks

I occasionally ve mild asthma symptoms, but if i ve no breathlessness should I still use the inhalors, ?
 I ve bronciectasis too. Thanks

You should: Individuals with asthma unconsciously adjust their activity level to avoid symptoms. That does not mean asthma is controlled. If your doctor prescribed a medication to take daily you should, it treats the underlying inflammation and halts the progression of the disease. ...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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Lpr reflux patients how common is reflux induced asthma I have lpr read on forums that swollen airways causes breathlessness wts treatment non acidic ?

Lpr reflux patients how common is reflux induced asthma I have lpr read on forums that swollen airways causes breathlessness wts treatment non acidic ?

Reflux control: Antacids are part of the treatment, but mainly ither measures need to be done as well: weight control, avoiding overfeeding, excess carbonated beverages, caffeine, fatty foods, avoid eating and sleeping right after, sit uprightor walk after meals, same measures as controlling GERD or heartburn, of course take asthma meds too as prescribed, take care ...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?

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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Can wrong breathing cause chronic breathlessness? I have no symptoms of asthma or heart problems;only tiredness along with breathlessness. Any clues?

See your doctor: breathlessness and being tired can be symptoms of asthma or heart disease, please get checked first to make sure that you don't have any heart or lung disease, other causse could be anemia, anxiety, overweight, etc, so get yourself checked, good luck ...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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Breathlessness. Chest tight. Heart racing. Before I developed a wheeze docs said it's acidity or anxiety. After slight wheeze, they asthma? What is it

Breathlessness. Chest tight. Heart racing. Before I developed a wheeze docs said it's acidity or anxiety. After slight wheeze, they asthma? What is it

Lung function test?: You need a lung function test when you have shortness of breath to ascertain the cause . If you wheezing when breathing out, it is likely to be from asthma. The same symptoms may occur with anxiety as well. ...Read more

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Heart rate at rest 120, on steroids due to asthma - overweight vicious circle of breathlessness = lack of exercise - how worried should I be?

Heart rate at rest 120, on steroids due to asthma - overweight  vicious circle of breathlessness = lack of exercise - how worried should I be?

Cyclic trap: Yes. The oral steroid/asthma/under-activity/obesity cycle is easy to fall into and difficult to escape. However the tachycardia is not necessarily associated and may be a marker for other organ system(s)(cardiovascular) involvement. You need to see an asthma specialist and if you have, see another one. Otherwise this will only get worse! ...Read more

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My peak flow is 50 lower than usual, i feel breathless and have a wheeze is this serious asthma i'm panicking. How low does pf go before its serious?

My peak flow is 50 lower than usual, i feel breathless and have a wheeze is this serious asthma i'm panicking. How low does pf go before its serious?

It depends: Any peak flow results that are below 80% of your "personal best" are grounds for concern and need immediate action. If any readings ever dip to 50% or less (your "red" zone), you need to go to the er immediately. You should follow your own "action plan" (rescue inhaler, then inhaled or oral steroids). If you are very breathless after the inhaler or your lips are bluish, go to the er asap. ...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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If i don't ve asthma, but just bronciectasis, should I use inhalors regularly? I ve no breathless mostly but shd I use them to keep lungs clear of mucus

If i don't ve asthma, but just bronciectasis, should I use inhalors regularly?
I ve no breathless mostly but shd I use them to keep lungs clear of mucus

Bronchiectasis: You should (or already have) see a pulmonologist to monitor and maintain adequate pulmonary function. If your pulmonologist recommended a treatment there is probably a good reason. If you are unsure why, you must definitely ask him/her why they have started therapy. Better to ask questions and know why and what you are using. ...Read more

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Im 17 and suffer from asthma .I feel breathless at night .I have been prescribed dulera (formoterol and mometasone) but im scared to take it due to its side effects. What to do?

Im 17 and suffer from asthma .I feel breathless at night .I have been prescribed dulera (formoterol and mometasone) but im scared to take it due to its side effects. What to do?

Take the dulera (formoterol and mometasone): If you are young and healthy and truly have asthma, Dulera (formoterol and mometasone) would be a good choice as a controller medication for asthma. If you are scared to take it, sit down with the doctor who prescribed it for you and ask them questions about your fears regarding the medication. I think that if you do you will feel much better about taking it. ...Read more

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Can a person have an asthma attack without feeling breathless and no wheezing. Can the only symptom be coughing?

Can a person have an asthma attack without feeling breathless and no wheezing. Can the only symptom be coughing?

Yes: Common for asthma to present as a cough and not wheeze, in a person who has asthma. You have to treat a cough like you are wheezing, especially in children. ...Read more

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I get breathless with wheezing early in the norning only when i have wet cough and it goes away when i use my inhaler. Asthma?

I get breathless with wheezing early in the norning only when i have wet cough and it goes away when i use my inhaler. Asthma?

Maybe: The description is highly consistent with asthma. In fact, you may feel better with daily inhaled medication. A lung test (spirometry) would be helpful in quantifying your risk and potential benefits of treatment changes. ...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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Hi,when i walk up the stairs I become breathless and dizzy. I am 18 and my family is known to suffer from asthma, do I too? and how can I check ?

Hi,when i walk up the stairs I become breathless and dizzy. I am 18 and my family is known to suffer from asthma, do I too? and how can I check ?

See a doctor: This could be asthma. It could also be an inherited heart problem, exposure to a toxin in your home and a long list of other possibilities. It is definantly not normal. You should see a doctor for a thorough evaluation ...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