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What are some tips or tricks to decrease anxiety symptoms? (e.G., throat tightening and labored breathing)

What are some tips or tricks to decrease anxiety symptoms? (e.G., throat tightening and labored breathing)

Anxiety/breath: Often we recommend taking slower/deeper breaths, look up deep breathing techniques online (tutorials or videos on youtube) to learn how to regulate your breathing. It is likely that once you regain control over your breathing, your throat will follow. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Aside from steam bath and deep breathing exercises, how can I optimize my lung function?

Aside from steam bath and deep breathing exercises, how can I optimize my lung function?

Exercise: Deep breathing exercises and well as aerobic exercise will help you feel better and tune up your lung function. Avoid smoking anything and if allergies are a problem, see an allergist. ...Read more

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Started doing deep breathing exercises to try help ease anxiety and stress. Chest (or lungs) hurt for a little while after. Is this normal?

Started doing deep breathing exercises to try help ease anxiety and stress. Chest (or lungs) hurt for a little while after. Is this normal?

Don't overbreathe: Normal breathing is relaxed and not too fast. Overbreathing or hyperventilation syndrome may cause chest pains or tenderness, shortness of breath, or wheezing. Meditative breathing (e.g., herbert benson's "relaxation response") is helpful. ...Read more

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Asthma. I'm unable to exhale fully and its causing symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome. Is there any breathing techniques i can learn to exhale?

Asthma. I'm unable to exhale fully and its causing symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome. Is there any breathing techniques i can learn to exhale?

There may be : Some breathing exercises that will help, but because your situation sounds severe, i would first make sure you have exhausted medication and environmental options. ...Read more

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Can you have dysfunction breathing patterns without asthma/COPD etc? Would pursed lip breathing help retrain your body out of DSPs?

Can you have dysfunction breathing patterns without asthma/COPD etc? Would pursed lip breathing help retrain your body out of DSPs?

DSPs??: Sorry I don't know what you mean by DSPs. Pursed lip breathing is sometimes seen with copd as an involuntary means of maintaining positive pressure in the airways to avoid collapse of the tiny air sacs during expiration. In the absence of lung or neuromuscular disease anxiety may be the reason for irregular breathing patterns. ...Read more

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Chest tightness, difficulty breathing. I have allergies, as well as anxiety, making the situation worse. How to get rid of chest congestion anxiety?

Chest tightness, difficulty breathing.  I have allergies, as well as anxiety, making the situation worse.  How to get rid of chest congestion anxiety?

Control the asthma: It is understandable that when one can't breathe well, one often gets anxiety and thus you need to see someone, preferably an allergist, to get your asthma under control since you are not taking anything for it. On the other hand, anxiety can worsen asthma and only when we can get your asthma under control can we be certain on which is the chicken and which the egg. ...Read more

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How to learn to practice focused muscle relaxation in my throat to prevent burp like sounds when yawning?

How to learn to practice focused muscle relaxation in my throat to prevent burp like sounds when yawning?

See:: http://www.yogaindailylife.org/esystem/yoga/en/190500/asana-and-exercise-categories-according-to-benefits/asanas-and-exercises-to-relax-the-neck-and-throat-muscles/

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What are some good relaxation techniques to use during anxiety or during a panic attack?

What are some good relaxation techniques to use during anxiety or during a panic attack?

Try smoking (?): What! On a Health Website? I mean the breathing pattern - w/out a cigarette! Actually, many smokers benefit from the breath pattern w/out knowing the role it plays. The deep inhale, hold, and full exhale thru the lips is very good for you. It reduces BP and HR. Part of "I need a smoke!" is about this. So, don't use tobacco - but take the time of a cigarette and breathe that way whenever you want. ...Read more

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Can cold medicine help with asthma or breathing problems?

Can cold medicine help with asthma or breathing problems?

Rarely.: Most cold medications are not only useless in asthma, but also of very limited effectiveness in colds. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with chest pain related to anxiety? I've tried breathing techniques etc. but I can never seem to calm myself down.

What is the best way to deal with chest pain related to anxiety? I've tried breathing techniques etc. but I can never seem to calm myself down.

Anxiety: Talking therapy ranks really high. Cognitive Behavioral therapy or psychotherapy can be effective. Aim for daily exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night & good nutrition w 5 servings of veggies & 4 of fruit per day. Try tai chi, yoga, Qi Gong, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing exercises & meditation. Don't isolate - spend time w friends & stay active. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose coughing all the time feel full lots of pressure can't take a deep breath without cough need help with the cough?

Stuffy nose coughing all the time feel full lots of pressure can't take a deep breath without cough need help with the cough?

See doctor: you can try an over the counter inhaler like primatine mist. Something for asthma is most likely to help. The stuffy nose can be treated with benadryl, (diphenhydramine) claritin ,allegra, CTM, or zyrtec. your doctor can also perscrib a nasal steroid spray. A prescription inhaler ma work better for the cough. you need to be able to tell the doctor what time of year you have the most trouble and the triggers ...Read more

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Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Is Chest expnasion of 5cm (currently 3cm while inhalation) while inhalation possible by deep breathing exercises using lung exerciser in 1-2 months?

Chest expansion: Hello ~ your question as written is difficult to understand but if I do, you are asking if your lungs vital capacity will improve with deep breathing and lung exerciser. Yes it will but to a max predetermined by your body size When the chest gets bigger for body builders that is muscle on the outside and not much increase in lung volumes. If that does not answer resubmit question thx ...Read more

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How to help with coughing during a cold?

How to help with coughing during a cold?

Boost immunity: 1. Throat coat liquorice tea: several times/day 2. Megafood Megaflora plus probiotics 4 caps 2 times/day for 1 week. 3. Sunshine for 30-45 minutes daily at noon or Vitamin D3 10,000 IU/day (NOW brand is good) 4. Zinc supplement 50 mg/day (NOW brand is good) with food for 7-10 days 5. No milk products for 10-15 days ...Read more

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I'm trying to get back into cardio after walking pneumonia and after 15 minutes feel like i'm breathing through a straw. Is there breathing exercises?

I'm trying to get back into cardio after walking pneumonia and after 15 minutes feel like i'm breathing through a straw. Is there breathing exercises?

Take it slow: Your infection took a toll on you. You start exercising with a regimen of progressive rigor. Start slowly, by walking and when you feel you are stronger, go faster, and increase activity and endurance or weights as your body allows. Don't go up too fast. You'll get there in time. ...Read more

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Can talking with a shallower quiet voice help prevent stuttering and anxiety?

No: Not really. You need to find the underlying cause of why you feel anxious and stutter. One of the best known british statesman keats stuttered when he had to talk in public an was in counseling most of his life over anxiety issues and took speech therapy too. ...Read more

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Yoga (Definition)

The term yoga comes from a sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the divine, universal spirit, or cosmic consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also ...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