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If I have shortness of breath after short exercises do I have bronchitis?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily...

Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection of the airways and you would have symptoms of infection.
Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is usually due to cigarette smoking. This, too, would have other symptoms and not just decreased exercise tolerance. See your doctor to evaluate your decreased exercise tolerance, if present.

In brief: Not necessarily...

Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection of the airways and you would have symptoms of infection.
Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD and is usually due to cigarette smoking. This, too, would have other symptoms and not just decreased exercise tolerance. See your doctor to evaluate your decreased exercise tolerance, if present.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Paul Abramson
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

This really depends on your health history and the details of the symptoms you are having.
You should start by seeing a doctor for a physical examination, and the discuss the possible cause then.

In brief: No

This really depends on your health history and the details of the symptoms you are having.
You should start by seeing a doctor for a physical examination, and the discuss the possible cause then.
Dr. Paul Abramson
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Dr. Cynthia Thaik
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: R/o asthma

Should get evaluated for exercise induced asthma.
Also would rule out exercises induced hypertension or occult hypertension.

In brief: R/o asthma

Should get evaluated for exercise induced asthma.
Also would rule out exercises induced hypertension or occult hypertension.
Dr. Cynthia Thaik
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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine

In brief: Probably not

Shortness of breath with exercise can come from lung disease, heart disease or deconditioning.
It is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible to get an exam and some testing to figure out the cause. At 24 years old it is unlikely to be from your heart. More likely would be asthma or reactive airways. Bronchitis is an infection of the bronchial tubes causing a deep cough/congestion.

In brief: Probably not

Shortness of breath with exercise can come from lung disease, heart disease or deconditioning.
It is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible to get an exam and some testing to figure out the cause. At 24 years old it is unlikely to be from your heart. More likely would be asthma or reactive airways. Bronchitis is an infection of the bronchial tubes causing a deep cough/congestion.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: No

Not likely. You are most likely suffering from exercise-induced bronchospasm, which is more related to asthma.
This is treated somewhat differently from bronchitis.

In brief: No

Not likely. You are most likely suffering from exercise-induced bronchospasm, which is more related to asthma.
This is treated somewhat differently from bronchitis.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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