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Severe breathing problems, asthma, chest infection. Taking antibiotics. Is it pneumonia?

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I have sudden severe breathing problems,
I cannot take a full breath in properly!
I have asthma, I've had a chest infection of
Which I had antibiotics!
I'm just wondering if this is not leading to
Pneumonia, as I've got a cough that will not
Just go away!
Posted Fri, 6 Jul 2012 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 2 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
Chronic cough is usually a symptom of an underlying condition. Some common causes of chronic cough include:
• Asthma
• Allergic rhinitis
• Sinusitis
• Gastroesophageal reflux disease: There is a backward flow of stomach acid and other contents into the esophagus. This leads to an activation of certain reflexes which lead to spasm of the airways that can cause shortness of breath and coughing.
Cigarette smoking.

I would suggest that you consult your general practitioner who can advise certain tests like a chest Xray sputum examination, blood tests like TLC(total leukocyte count),IgE (immunoglobulin E) and ESR(erythrocyte sedimentation rate) .and prescribe appropriate therapy.

Meanwhile you can follow the following remedies:
1. Stay hydrated. Fluids can help reduce the dryness of the airway and help symptoms
2. Gargling with hot saltwater can help cleanse the throat.
3. Elevate your head with pillows at night to ease a chronic dry cough.
4. Do not smoke or use tobacco product.
5. Avoid inhaling irritants such as smoke, dust, or other pollutants.
6. Ginger and balsam (tulsi) used in tea, also reduces dry cough.
7. Avoid hot and spicy foods

I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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