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How to treat shortness of breath due to allergens ?

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Posted Sun, 15 Apr 2012 in Asthma and Allergy
Follow-up: How to treat shortness of breath due to allergens ? 6 minutes later
I've been having a problem for about 3 weeks that I feel I need to constantly need to take XXXXXXX breathes all the time.
Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 55 minutes later

Thanks for your query.

What this sounds like is that you may have developed a bit of a reactive airway.

What this means is that sometimes, dust or allergens may trigger a bit of inflammation in the airways which might give you the sensation that you may need to take XXXXXXX breaths. You might even experience a bit of shortness of breath while speaking. This reactive airway is similar to asthma.

What we as physicians usually do for this would be a trial of an inhaler such as albuterol. The albuterol helps to decrease the swelling or inflammation of the airway and the response would be relatively quick - within a day or so. If you for some reason did not respond to that, an X-ray might be ordered.

I assume you are a non-smoker? If you smoke, that could also be playing a role.

I hope I have provided an adequate response to your query. I am available for your followups.

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Follow-up: How to treat shortness of breath due to allergens ? 1 hour later
The more I think about it the worse it becomes and if I try not to take a XXXXXXX breath it almost feels like im holding my breath like I've become so dependent on the XXXXXXX breath. I also feel a tingling or burning sensation around my mouth.
Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 9 hours later

Is there any way you can go for an evaluation by a physician? I think this would be the most prudent thing to do right now as it will include a complete physical exam and correlation of your symptoms with possibly a prescription remedy for your breathing.

I would strongly urge you to do the best you can to seek an evaluation as soon as you are able. As for the tingling around your mouth, I am not sure that is related to your original question.

Once again, do your best to seek a physician evaluation as there is really nothing that I can recommend in the meantime that is available over the counter.

I hope this has been helpful and as before, I am available for your followup.
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