Dyspnea is referred to as shortness of breath. Sometimes it is called air hunger. Dyspnea can occur as a result of overexertion, spending time at a high altitude, or as a symptom of various conditions. If the shortness of breath occurs suddenly, it is called acute dyspnea, which is seen in asthma, anxiety, pneumonia, allergic reactions, and anemia. If shortness of breath is presenting for more than a month, it is referred to as chronic dyspnea. It occurs in cases of obesity, asthma, heart problems, and interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. Taking bronchodilators helps to provide some relief. Avoiding smoking and reducing weight helps a lot. In some cases, antibiotics are given if it occurs due to infections.

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Kindly suggest treatment for unilateral paralysis of the diaphragm.

Query: Hi doctor, What health implications have been observed with a unilateral paralysis of the diaphragm? I have had a plication performed, but it failed and is back to the original issue. Currently, I am suffering from shortness of breath, chest pain with dizzy spells and increased heart rate. I am on P...  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis is most commonly seen on the left side. The diaphragm is the most important muscle of ventilation. Unilateral diaphragmatic paralysis is usually well tolerated if there is no underlying lung or rib cage pathology. But, if seve...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing dyspnea upon exertion and getting tired. Recently I started having chest pain with tachycardia. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I was at the funeral service of a very close relative and did some walking around the building in the precession line until I sat down in my seat. I was emotionally upset and began crying, then got very short of breath for a while, and both arms went numb. My left arm was completely numb...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is very common for people to undergo similar changes as you did when going through grief. It is normal for the heart rate to go as high as 300 bpm during exercise. So your heart rate and O2 levels are fine. I would love to see the results of ...  Read Full »

Shortness of breath and anemia

Query: Hello doctor, I have: Shortness of breath and ongoing anemia since giving birth. Bruising stomach, right arm and behind the chest. Painful legs. I am attaching files.  Read Full »

Dr. Chitrangada Jitendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Shortness of breath can occur secondary to anemia postpartum and are interrelated. However, bruising of arm and stomach may indicate underlying coagulopathy or embolic phenomena secondary to deep vein thrombosis. On observations in the contrast CT scan attached as abov...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to check oxygen saturation in a dyspnea patient?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it necessary to check oxygen saturation if the patient is on oxygen for shortness of breath?  Read Full »

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you said that patient needs oxygen for shortness of breath, it is absolutely not required to measure the oxygen saturation all the time. But, if dyspnea (shortness of breath) is due to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) that is due to excessive smoking,...  Read Full »

I have a dry cough which gets worse at night. Please suggest a cure.

Query: Hi doctor,I am 10 weeks pregnant and have developed a chesty dry cough. It is particularly bad when I lie down to sleep at night. Is there anything I can do to get rid of it?  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your primary complaint is a dry cough, especially on lying down. So, I would suggest to first rule out a cardiac cause. In medical terms, a cough and breathlessness on lying down is called paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea (PND) and is due to shifting of the fluid from t...  Read Full »

Will increased BNP value cause edema and dyspnea?

Query: Hello doctor, I will try to be brief. I am a 49 year old female who has been pacemaker dependent for several years. Due to cardiomyopathy EF of 30 %, BNP of 186, and a cardiac event resulting in high troponin. I eventually was switched to a biventricular pacemaker/defibrillator. I had an echo last ...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Although your ejection fraction is now 50%, your BNP (brain natriuretic peptide) value is high which is the reason you are experiencing edema and dyspnea. Increased BNP causes a fluid and pressure increase in your heart, which in turn mani...  Read Full »

What are the treatment modalities for allergic rhinitis with bronchial asthma?

Query: Hi doctor, I am diagnosed with allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma for the past seven years. I recently visited my doctor. He prescribed Rhinoset Nasal Spray (night), Formoflo 100 mcg (twice a day), and Levomer 5 mg tablet (night). I have a cold now, and I am struggling a little to breathe. I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Jebin Abraham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Of course, you can take other medicines to improve your condition. Can you share (if you have) your old reports? Have you ever done an allergy test? Do you have eosinophilia? I need to see these things. Please revert with the details so that I can guide you further. Th...  Read Full »

What are the long term effects of COVID-19 on the lungs?

Query: Hello doctor,I had COVID-19, and I would like for a pulmonologist to see my x-ray and tell me if I have some problems. Also, I would like to know which parts of my lungs are not good because of COVID.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you had a history of COVID-19 infection. According to your x-ray films that are provided here, it seems to be normal to me. Your x-ray film shows bilaterally vascular enlargement or vascular markings are pro...  Read Full »

What does decreased oxygen saturation level suggest?

Query: Hello doctor, I am looking for a second opinion regarding oxygen charts.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your investigation reports, the mean SpO2 is 97.2%, normal SpO2 is usually 95%. Some patients with chronic lung disease or sleep apnea can have normal levels of around 90%. According to the reports, there may be some change...  Read Full »

Is it safe for my girlfriend to fly with shortness of breath due to the history of COVID-19?

Query: Hello doctor, My girlfriend wants to fly back home. She is 24 years, and no health issues and no medications. She had COVID-19 and was positive one month ago. But she was tested negative two weeks ago. Now she is suffering from shortness of breath after walking and fatigue. Is it safe for her to fl...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your girlfriend has been suffering from shortness of breath after walking and fatigue. She had had COVID-19 one month back. Having shortness of breath should not stop your girlfriend from ...  Read Full »

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