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What could be done to manage shortness of breath?

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Published At May 19, 2024
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have shortness of breath along with tightness in my chest, and discomfort in my back. I consulted a cardiologist, who took an EKG, ultrasound, and CT scan with contrast. Everything appeared to be normal. Why could this be? Please help.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concern.

From your query, it seems that you are suffering from Bronchial asthma. The past history of allergies also supports this diagnosis. As you said, even after multiple tests, everything is normal, most probably it is asthma that makes you cough every time. Asthma is a chronic disease affecting the airways. Usually, it presents with recurring cough, tightness in the chest, and breathlessness, especially at night time. For making a definitive diagnosis, I would recommend you do a spirometry test (also called Pulmonary function tests, PFT, which are noninvasive tests that show how well the lungs are working). It will tell us whether you are suffering from asthma due to any allergies. In addition, it is advisable to do an allergy test to find out the exact allergens in your surroundings. The standard treatment of asthma is inhaler medicines like Seretide evohaler 250 (Salmeterol 25 mcg and Fluticasone propionate 250 mcg) to be taken as two puffs twice daily, followed by gargling with water. You can take Ventolin inhaler (Salbutamol 100 mcg) in two puffs as required in an emergency. Consult your doctor and take the medicines accordingly.

You can take the opinion of a specialist pulmonologist for further help.

I hope that you get your answer.

Please let me know if you want some help later.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan
Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Allergy Specialist

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