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What is air hunger?

What is air hunger?

Shortness of breath: Air hunger occurs when the patient is working hard to breath and using extra muscles to do so (ie neck muscles or abdominal muscles). Another term would be increased work of breathing. ...Read more

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What is, or what causes, air hunger, and does it go away if you use an oxygen tank?

What is, or what causes, air hunger, and does it go away if you use an oxygen tank?

Air hunger: This term is often applied to people who have a sensation of shortness of breath but the root cause is anxiety. There is nothing wrong with their heart or lungs. ...Read more

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When doing excersie that requieres physical endurance like swimming, i find myself with too much air hunger. I'm 23, thin with not conditions. Why?

When doing excersie that requieres physical endurance like swimming, i find myself with too much air hunger. I'm 23, thin with not conditions. Why?

Lousy metabolism: For a 23-year old. Your "air hunger" is your brain telling you that there is a deficit in oxygen delivery to your tissues. Commonest cause is vitamin deficiency, a basic reflection of diet. Get rid of "junk" if it applies, particularly all the sweets and sweeteners. See my blog "oxygen the spark of life". ...Read more

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Does antidepressants cause air hunger?

Does antidepressants cause air hunger?

No: Antidepressants do not cause air hunger. However, anxiety and panic attacks can definitely cause sensations like this. Antidepressants are often prescribed to help these problems. Please tell your physician what you're experiencing. ...Read more

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Could someone have asthma with just air hunger and no coughing / mucous symptoms?

Could someone have asthma with just air hunger and no coughing / mucous symptoms?

Yes: Classic asthma symptoms include cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and chest tightness. You can just have one of the symptoms without the others. There are multiple causes of difficulty breathing, however. See a doctor for further evaluation is a good idea. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with pneumonia 10/21, 2 different abx taken. Now, lungs are clear but still feel restrictive like "air hunger". Is this normal, 4 wks later?

Diagnosed with pneumonia 10/21, 2 different abx taken. Now, lungs are clear but still feel restrictive like "air hunger". Is this normal, 4 wks later?

Mgt: I would suggest monitoring your temperature, and being seen again by your PCP. The pneumonia may have recurred or resulted in a change in your airways .i would suggest pulmonary testing and an x ray. ...Read more

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I am 40, male and have sporadic bouts of air hunger, that last for a month or more. I am an ex-smoker of just 2 months. What could cause this?

Exam: Get a full physical, chest xray and pulmonary function tests. "air hunger" can also be related to a heart conditiom;therefore, these symtoms should not be ignored- call for an appointment. ...Read more