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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Difficulty Breathing (Overview)

If you are having difficulty breathing, you feel as though you are able to get enough air in, or get air out. Your oxygen levels may be normal.


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What could cause difficulty breathing?

What could cause difficulty breathing?

Many things: Shortness if breath is a non specific complaint and could represent many things (some benign and some serious). Get checked out by your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
1,284 Doctors shared insights

Difficulty Breathing (Overview)

If you are having difficulty breathing, you feel as though you are able to get enough air in, or get air out. Your oxygen levels may be normal.


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Does difficulty breathing mean I am having a panic attack?

Does difficulty breathing mean I am having a panic attack?

Not always: Difficulty breathing can come from many causes. Sometimes heart problems; lung disease such as asthma or copd; sometimes anatomic problem like when pregnant, plus others. If you've have had a full medical checkup and none of these other things are going on with you, then it's very possible that difficulty breathing relates to anxiety. Not all anxiety is a panic attack, but can feel scary. ...Read more

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Overcoming Bad Breath (Checklist)

See doctor to check: post-nasal drip, acid reflux, dry mouth
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If you can't find cause, ask your dentist for oral bacteria DNA test
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How to quickly treat difficulty breathing after exercise?

How to quickly treat difficulty breathing after exercise?

Shortness of breath: Some level of shortness of breath is normal after exercise. But if it is disproportinate or dysnea on exertion is not normal. You need work-up to rule out blocks in heart arteries. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing when lying in bed? What might be the cause?

Difficulty breathing when lying in bed? What might be the cause?

Heart or lung diseas: CHF is a known cause for this, but also other conditions that cause swelling and fluid retention would cause water to go from legs to chest when a person lies flat. Also lung diseases varying from mild asthma to severe emphysema could cause this. Severe obesity would do it too since it restricts lungs inflation. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of difficulty breathing?

What's the best treatment to get rid of difficulty breathing?

Difficulty breathing: It depends very much on the cause. Get to your doctor. ...Read more

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I swallowed a pill and I feel its stuck in my throat I don't have difficulty breathing but it is uncomfortable what do I do?

I swallowed a pill and I feel its stuck in my throat I don't have difficulty breathing but it is uncomfortable what do I do?

Stuck in throat: Most of the time the pill causes local irritation but is to actually stuck in the throat. Do you feel a strong irritant sensation when you swallow water? Are you having difficulty swallowing? If so, you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How to prevent difficulty breathing while running?

Get checked up.: Usually start by walking and go up from there. If your exercise tolerance is below your expectations, check with your doctor to perform a workup for heart, lung, depending on your symptoms. Exercise-induced asthma may be a hidden cause that causes shortness of breath while running for example. ...Read more

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I hav, haemophilius influenza bacterial infection in lungs and bronchiectasis, recurrent lung infection with difficulty breathing. I am non smoker.?

I hav, haemophilius influenza bacterial infection in lungs and bronchiectasis, recurrent lung infection with difficulty breathing. I am non smoker.?

Bronchiectasis: Not sure what you're asking. Bronchiectasis is associated with frequent lung infections and shortness of breath. It can have a genetic relationship and doesn't need to be caused by smoking. Patients with this condition should be followed by a dr. And may need chronic medications. ...Read more

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Why am I having difficulty breathing?

Why am I having difficulty breathing?

Sob: There are many possibilities and with no information we can't speculate for you why you're short of breath ...Read more

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Why am I having so much difficulty breathing?

Why am I having so much difficulty breathing?

SOB: If you are having difficulty breathing you need to see a doctor. There's no way out here for us to know what your problem (s) are from such a question without any other information. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing when lying flat?

Difficulty breathing when lying flat?

Get it checked out: If you do not have a cold, or wheezing to explain it, see your doctor. A failing heart has a hard time with the increased blood coming back to the heart when you lie flat. Sometimes obesity causes a problem by applying pressure to lungs. No matter what, not breathing right when at rest is not normal. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing when lying down at 38 wks?

Difficulty breathing when lying down at 38 wks?

Rhinitis &pregnancy: Tends to resolve after delivery! Best wishes! ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing/pain in sides, what to do?

Difficulty breathing/pain in sides, what to do?

Breathing: You need complete physical exam and work up to get diagnosis. Consult your physician. ...Read more

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Will the difficulty breathing go away if I quit?

Will the difficulty breathing go away if I quit?

Not sure: Please repost your question. Not sure what you're asking. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty breathing after exercise?

Catching up.: In a healthy state we consume o2 and produce more co2 during exercise. The "difficulty" breathing we feel, is the need to exhale the co2. Our respiratory drive is tied more to getting out the co2 than getting in the o2. It is an interesting question on why is the body "wired" that way. ...Read more

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Can it cause difficulty breathing? And nauseous?

Can it cause difficulty breathing? And nauseous?

Sure: See your doc ASAP. No reason to wait. Difficulties with breathing can be ominous.

No procrastinating. Check with your doc and good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have difficulty breathing after I cough?

What to do if I have difficulty breathing after I cough?

Bronchodilator: That's a typical asthma symptom. If you don't have previously diagnosed asthma, see your doctor and ask for spirometry with and without a bronchodilator and with methacholine challenge if otherwise normal. ...Read more

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How to quickly treat difficulty breathing after exercise?

Shortness of breath: Some level of shortness of breath is normal after exercise. But if it is disproportinate or dysnea on exertion is not normal. You need work-up to rule out blocks in heart arteries. ...Read more

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Good day I have difficulty breathing after I wake up from sleep?

Good day I have difficulty breathing after I wake up from sleep?

Difficulty breathing: Upon waking up- what do you mean by that? Need more information. How long has this been going on? Difficulty as in very stuffy or cannot breathe at all? Any chest discomfort? Do you have any respiratory conditions? Asthma on meds? ...Read more

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Why do I have great difficulty breathing when I lie down to sleep?

Shortness of breath: Could be one of many things from nose problems to lung or heart or sleep apnea. Get it evaluated. ...Read more

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Could I have difficulty breathing from smoking excessively at night?

Could I have difficulty breathing from smoking excessively at night?

Smoking: Depending on amount and duration of time and place smoked if enclosed, sure. Consult your pcp. ...Read more

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I have a pain under my right ribcage and having difficulty breathing?

I have a pain under my right ribcage and having difficulty breathing?

Get evaluated.: The most common cause of pleuritic chest pain in a younger person without signs of a lung infection is costochodritis, or an inflammation or injury to the ribs. The pain often causes a labored breathing pattern known as splinting. However, make sure you are seen so that atypical chest pain related to the heart, or an infection of the lung, is not missed. Make sure you are evaluated! ...Read more

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I'm having extreme difficulty breathing and coughing up crud, what's going on?

See doc today!: Shortness of breath can be life-threatening so you need to be seen by a doctor today asap. Go to the er if your doctor cannot see you today. Possible diagnoses for your symptoms include bronchospasm from any etiology, pneumonia, acute or chronic bronchitis, pulmonary embolism etc. Etc. You need to be seen asap so the diagnosis can be made and treatment rendered. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Difficulty breathing after exercise?

What is the definition or description of: Difficulty breathing after exercise?

Many causes: I assume you mean what is the cause.
It could be lung problems such as asthma or heart problems to name a few. You need an examination. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


Dr. Luis Villaplana
835 Doctors shared insights

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