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Breathing Problems

If you feel discomfort while breathing and cannot draw a complete breath, you have breathing problems. As you are unable to breathe properly, the carbon dioxide in the body cannot be exchanged with oxygen in the air you breathe efficiently, resulting in a lack of oxygen. The conditions that can cause breathing problems are asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, COPD, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, etc.

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How can I manage a persistent cough with breathlessness?

Query: Hello doctor,I recently had a sinus infection (2 weeks ago) and had taken antibiotics for five days. Now I have a persistent barky cough with exertion and trouble getting a deep breath. I also develop a cough while doing daily activities like talking, laughing, and climbing stairs. It feels like ast...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I have gone through your detailed history, and from that, it is evident that this is an acute exacerbation of asthma. However, I want to know a few more things about your condition. 1. Do you have any allergies? 2. Have...  Read Full »

I suffer from sharp pain in the chest and left arm socket, jaw pain, and pain while breathing. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old woman suffering from sharp pain in the chest and left arm socket, jaw pain, and pain while breathing. I have been discharged twice from the emergency room and the pains remain. Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have gone through the reports you have attached (the attachment was removed to protect the patient's identity). All reports are normal including Troponin T. Troponin T is specific to rule out heart attack. Since it is also neg...  Read Full »

Fever and breathing problems keep recurring after stopping steroids in COPD patient. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 70 years old and he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes and high blood pressure. His blood pressure and diabetes are under control. Last year, he was affected by COVID-19 and recovered with no signs of lung damage in a chest computed tomography (CT) sca...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) you have attached. In my opinion, he should undergo CT (computerized tomography) of thorax, sputum culture, and sensitivity test. CT of thorax will be ne...  Read Full »

I breathe through my mouth while exercising and singing. Will the dust I inhale affect my body?

Query: Hello doctor, Nose breathing seems to be healthiest as it filters dust and toxins, but when I exercise hard or sing, I have to breathe hard through the mouth. What happens to indoor or outdoor dust when we breathe directly through the mouth? All the dust goes directly inside our bodies without any ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Lung has its defense mechanism. The particles which get inside our body get trapped by: 1. Mucus is produced by lung cells, and this mucus either cough out or swallows. 2. Special cells called macrophages engulf those particles. 3. Special prot...  Read Full »

How to get rid of thick mucus in the chest that has made breathing difficult?

Query: Hi doctor, I have too much mucus on my chest, not allowing me to breathe. I could not get rid of this by coughing or medicine, or nebulizers. I have gastroesophageal disease (GERD), seasonally catches a cold, and thus uses Montek LC regularly. Last two months, I was gradually getting this breathing ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to the statement, you were quite fine on your current medications, but it is very difficult to remove the mucus out in the last two months, which irritates your coughing reflex and keeps you sleepless. Again your history of allergic rhinitis, acid reflux al...  Read Full »

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