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Why do I get short of breath after taking a benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Why do I get short of breath after taking a benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a sedating drug. This could cause some respiratory depression that is making you sob. However, you may also be allergic to the drug. If you believe you are allergic, you should avoid the drug and speak to your physician. An allergy can cause you to stop breathing after taking it. ...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


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Son had reaction to food. Throat tightness shortness of breath stomach cramps pale face. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helped is he at risk of needing an epipen?

Son had reaction to food. Throat tightness shortness of breath stomach cramps pale face. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helped is he at risk of needing an epipen?

Yes: Go to E.R. Now for further follow up if this happened recently. They will likely give you an rx for epi pen (epi pen jr if under age 12). He needs to be evaluated now in case the allergic reaction progresses. They will likely give him a corticosteroid as well, which will further decrease the likelihood of the reaction worsening. He will need further follow up with his doctor afterwards. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath when running next to a horse or when riding one, antihistamines do not work, i get to the point of dizzy and feeling faint, cough?

Shortness of breath when running next to a horse or when riding one, antihistamines do not work, i get to the point of dizzy and feeling faint, cough?

Asthma?: If you have asthma and are allergic to horses, tavoidance is the best approach. If avoidance is not selected, then an allergist may be able to help you. ...Read more

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How to tell if increased shortness of breath or just anxiety, allergy, or musculoskeletal issue? Took benedryl as also have runny nose, itchy throat.

How to tell if increased shortness of breath or just anxiety, allergy, or musculoskeletal issue?  Took benedryl as also have runny nose, itchy throat.

See a physician!: Based on your history, you may have shortness of breath because of your heart problems, your anxiety, or sub-clinical asthma associated with allergy. First, see your pmd and cardiologist. If both tell you it is neither your heart or anxiety, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Why do I get short of breath when i bend over?

Why do I get short of breath when i bend over?

Overweight?: If you're overweight, then your abdomen could be compressed when you bend over. This would shove your diaphragm upwards, limiting the expansion of your lungs. Then you could feel short of breath. You may want to talk with your doctor about this, so it can be addressed however it needs to be. ...Read more

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Why do I get short of breath very quickly even on gentle excercise and if effort increases get dizzy and nauseous. ?

Why do I get short of breath very quickly even on gentle excercise and if effort increases get dizzy and nauseous.  ?

Many causes: There could be many things that could cause your symptoms. You need to see a doctor and have your lungs and heart assessed and have some lab work done to make sure that you are not anemic. This could be something minor or something very serious like blockages in your coronary arteries. Do no delay, see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I get short of breath on exertion how can I exercise?

I get short of breath on exertion how can I exercise?

See your MD: Of course you breathe faster with exercise but if you become very short of breath with a little exercise say climbing a few steps or getting dressed your doctor needs to determine why now! if this is very serious exercize might be unsafe or require a very long time to build up under supervision. ...Read more

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Why might someone get short of breath very frequently?

SOB: Possibilities include anxiety, heart disease, lung disease, mechanical breathing apparatus dysfunction, anemia and a number of other problems including just being out of aerobic shape. ...Read more

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Can you tell me reasons why i get short of breath so frequently?

SOB: Can't tell a thing from out here, go to the doctor and be evaluated, shortness of breath isn't a joke. ...Read more

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I have been smoking a year now i get short of breath doing just about anything and i'm coughing stuff up quite often any thoughts?

TIME TO STOP: Quit smoking that is bad reaction that you have , you are heading for troubles andit is unhealthy in short and long term. You are poisoning your self. ...Read more

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I get short of breath and feel as though theres not enough air for me to take in. I find this affects a majority of everything i do.

Get checked: There are many causes for shortness of breath, which vary from anxiety to infection to heart or lung problems. If you are concerned, the best thing you can do is see a doc. Your description of shortness of breath (can't get enough air in) is common in asthma, which can be relatively easily diagnosed and treated. Good luck! ...Read more

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Everytime i'm in the shower i get short of breath and trouble breathing i was wondering what that might be.

Everytime i'm in the shower i get short of breath and trouble breathing i was wondering what that might be.

Shower Sx: You should see your doctor and get this checked out. It may be nothing significant or it could indicate some lung or heart problems. ...Read more

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I don't feel sick. I'm just tired and get short of breath easily. This is new. What can be causing this?

More details..: Feeling tired, general weakness and shortness of breath could be originating from lung causes like infections, tumors, , it's possible to be related to heart issues, blood disorders like blood clots, anemia...This needs to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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My BP yesterday was 92/59. I also get short of breath easy. Especially walking up my stairs. Is that a problem?

Shortness of breath: The BP reading you gave needs to be tracked, this could be your normal. It may or may not be related to shortness of breath that needs to be examined and evaluated, it can be from asthma, cardiac issues or plain unfitness. See your doctor if this is a new pattern for you. ...Read more

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Why do cluster headache sufferers get short of breath?

It's not common: I haven't seen shortness of breath as a common complaint among my cluster patients. It should be evaluated as a separate symptom. ...Read more

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Why do I always get so short of breath after climbing stairs, but not while I am climbing them?

Why do I always get so short of breath after climbing stairs, but not while I am climbing them?

See below: You are more likely to notice the shortness of breath after you stop and maybe that is why you stopped in the first place. Keep walking and you will eventiually get short of breath while doing the exercise. When you stop you have just completed the entire exercise so more likely to be short of breath than when you were halfway finished. ...Read more

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I am 30 yr old,smoked for a long time,quit a year amd 6 months ago. I get short of breath by barely doing anything. Could my lungs still be healing?

I am 30 yr old,smoked for a long time,quit a year amd 6 months ago. I get short of breath by barely doing anything. Could my lungs still be healing?

Well...: What concerns me the most is that this could be something to do with your heart as well... Or you have a worsening lung issue
Seek help soon!!! You need to be examined ...Read more

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Both myself and my son get short of breath when we drink fruit juice or eat lots of fruit. Why?

Possible Allergies: You and your son might be allergic to something in the fruit juice, or perhaps a certain fruit. You could try to figure out which fruit is cause the shortness of breath. But if you get too short of breath head to an emergency room for treatment. ...Read more

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My heart races every time i go upstairs or downstairs and i get short of breath. I'm in good shape no med issues healthy teen. What could it be?

My heart races every time i go upstairs or downstairs and i get short of breath. I'm in good shape no med issues healthy teen. What could it be?

Not clear: May be normal, but may represent a heart rhythm problem or a reactive airways/asthma problem.
Needs formal evaluation by a physician to look for other symptoms, . ...Read more

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I seem to get short of breath if I wait too long in between eating, goes away completely after eating. Only happens at these times. Why? Concerns?

? Lo blood sugar : Check your blood sugar when you have the symptoms, from your mini history it seems that you were investigating blood sugar problems, communicate the results with your doctor, always carry a candy though and see if that helps when you get the symptoms, good luck ...Read more

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If one has CHF is exercise to be encouraged, even if it makes them tired quickly and get short of breath? What is optimal amount of exercise for chf?

If one has CHF is exercise to be encouraged, even if it makes them tired quickly and get short of breath? What is optimal amount of exercise for chf?

Routine: talk to you doctor about your specific situation, but in general exercise is good. do what you can, then stop and rest, then go again. if you get lightheaded or chest pain - review with your doc. i'd strive for 30-60 minutes most days of the week of routine dedicated exercise. ...Read more

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Why does my heart react so fast when i eat chocolate or hot fudge. It starts skipping beats and i get short of breath?

Why does my heart react so fast when i eat chocolate or hot fudge. It starts skipping beats and i get short of breath?

Tyramine: In some people, certain foods and drinks, or components they contain, can trigger a fast heart rate, high blood pressure, or migraines, etc.. One well accepted such trigger is tyramine, which can be found in chocolate. Tyramine is a naturally occurring monoamine compound and trace amine derived from the Amino Acid tyrosine. Tyramine acts as a catecholamine releasing agent. ...Read more

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I have POTS and Lupus how come I can now run 2 miles on a jog but I still get short of breath going up flights of stairs?

I have POTS and Lupus how come I can now run 2 miles on a jog but I still get short of breath going up flights of stairs?

It's your POTS: Your ability to run 2 miles suggests that SLE is not affecting your heart or lungs. POTS often presents with shortness of breath &/or palpitations, more common at the beginning of exercise. You require a more lengthly warm-up, hard to provide when going up the stairs. If this symptom is excessively bothersome, you may benefit from low to moderate dose beta blocker such as metoprolol or nadolol ...Read more

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I get short of breath and feel like my heart skips a beat and start coughing. Takes awhile to recover. Any idea whats wrong?

I get short of breath and feel like my heart skips a beat and start coughing. Takes awhile to recover. Any idea whats wrong?

Could be coronary: artery disease leading to myocardial ischemia and PVCs. You obviously have an elevated cholesterol based on your medications. Better check in with your primary health care provider and get a thorough evaluation for cardiac issues. ...Read more

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I've had a rattle in my right lung for almost three years. It's mostly when I lay down. I also get short of breath easily. What is it?

I've had a rattle in my right lung for almost three years. It's mostly when I lay down. I also get short of breath easily. What is it?

SOB: Hi, I would suggest to see a doctor ASAP, you could have Asthma or other lung condition,
Do you get worse with cold air, exercise? Do you cough, any fever? where do you live (important for some fungus infections)?
Any swelling on your leg? ...Read more

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Does Moderate Aortic Stenosis with mild hypokensis of the apex. Require more than medicine? On exertion I get short of breath.Does it Need surgery?

Does Moderate Aortic Stenosis with mild hypokensis of the apex.
Require more than medicine? On exertion I get short of breath.Does it Need surgery?

Depends: Depends on what your doctor is calling moderate AS. Need to know your valve area and pressure gradient. You may want to look into a cardiac cath to more accurately see how severe the gradient is and should have a TEE. If you have moderate AS and are a good candidate for an Aortic Valve repair, there are many doctors that would get it done if you continue to be symptomatic. Watch your BP too ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more