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Heavy Breathing

Heavy breathing while exercise, running, walking upstairs, etc., is physiology. The body's oxygen requirement increases with such activities. A normal oxygen saturation level is between 95% to 99%. But if heavy breathing is present at rest, it is a matter of concern and requires medical help. This can be due to a stuffy nose, sinusitis, asthma, anaphylaxis, anxiety, respiratory infections, obesity, heart diseases, lung diseases, COVID-19, etc. In severe heavy breathing, oxygen supplementation is given. Treatment of the underlying condition or cause brings back a normal breathing pattern.

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How to overcome major depressive illness, sleep deprivation, and anxiety attacks?

Query: Hi doctor,I am suffering from major depressive illness, sleep deprivation, anxiety attacks, heavy breathing, fatigue, and exhaustion. I am a doctor myself and currently taking Petril 0.5 mg. I need help.  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How long have you been experiencing features of depression, anxiety, and related symptoms? Is there any ongoing stress in your life that is exacerbating your symptoms? Being a doctor can itself be an exhausting and demanding job. I note that you are taking Petril 0.5...  Read Full »

I have heavy breathing and chest discomfort. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had an experience of heavy breathing since the first week of this month. I decided to get checked up by the doctor, and they sent me into these laboratory escapades. The X-ray results stated there were signs of pneumonitis lingula. The doctor sent us to another laboratory test,...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. If you are experiencing symptoms of heavy breathing and chest discomfort, especially in the left lung area, follow up with your healthcare provider. An infection, irritation from chemicals or dust, or autoimm...  Read Full »

I feel so suffocated, that I cannot stop crying. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. I feel so suffocated, that I cannot stop crying. I breathe heavily at that moment. Kindy help.  Read Full »

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for taking help from a psychiatrist. I can understand your situation. You may have an anxiety disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it, you should try to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It will help you. You should do exercises...  Read Full »

I vomit blood when I eat chicken, egg, and banana. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female and my age is 19 years. The following are the symptoms I have faced regularly. Vomiting blood, chest pain (middle to back from the right side when I exercise), nausea, dizziness, changes in breathing and rapid heartbeat. If I walk under the sun for 10 to 15 minutes, the ches...  Read Full »

Dr. Naresh Kumar M.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I had gone through all the information posted by you. I am sorry that you are going through all these at this age. Coming to the question, I will try to help you in a possible manner by giving some differential diagnosis, which might be the cause of your symptoms. V...  Read Full »

Why am I having deep breath sometimes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am trying to find out a specific function of the diaphragm when it comes to taking a deep breath. There seems to be a deep breath one takes similar to when one is at the doctor and they say take a deep breath and then there is a much more satisfying deep breath one can take which seems ...  Read Full »

Dr. Indermohan S Thethi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is an interesting question. Your observation that sometimes you can take a deep breath that is a bit more satisfying than other times makes me a bit more curious as to whether you are in the same posture every time you try it. The diaphragmis a muscle that divides eve...  Read Full »

Is hearing the breathing sounds while exhaling normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a small question about exhaling breath sounds. I always listen to my body and make sure everything is as it should. I have mild eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), which makes my nose a little stuffy when in dry environments or the humidity is low. Two weeks ago, I was to hiatal her...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. When you listen silently, you can hear the exhalation sound, and that is absolutely normal. A few people have that sound in excess, and that can happen due to nasal polyps, obesity, and breathing disorders. So, if you have any of the above, then ...  Read Full »

If I quit smoking, will it help with my heavy breathing and weakness?

Query: Hello doctor, I smoke a lot, and these days I am experiencing difficulty in smoking. I feel weak, and my eyes are getting closed and feeling heavy breathing when using stairs.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, these problems can be due to smoking. It may lead to heart problems which causes breathing problems on exertion. Tell me if you have chest pain on walking, any palpitations, any family history of heart disease, or any history of diabetes, hypertension, etc.? Do ...  Read Full »

How to stop manually controlling my breathing?

Query: Hello doctor, I want a permanent solution for my manual breathing problem. I am 16 years old. Recently, I had UTI, and my brother thought that I just imagined a problem where I cannot void my bladder completely. So, he told me to pay attention to my breathing. So, I started doing that while urinatin...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethu Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is good that you have elaborated your problem. Now, let me start from the beginning. You said that you had a urinary tract infection (UTI). That causes an incomplete emptying of your bladder. If your urine emptying is not complete even now, then I suggest you take...  Read Full »

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