Shortness Of Breath

Shortness of breath is also known as dyspnea. It is the feeling that one has when there is not enough air in the lungs. It is a symptom of asthma, pneumonia, heart attack, heart failure, panic attack, choking, etc.

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I am diagnosed with exercise-induced asthma. Can I cure it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old male. I play football and run. About 5 to 6 months ago, I noticed that I could not get a full breath when and only when I was exercising. The only medication I was on was Accutane. I have since completed my Accutane cycle and have had an appointment with a pulmonol...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.cm. Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction or asthma is very common if you are experiencing shortness of breath after exercise. As you said, you were prescribed on Singulair (Montelukast sodium) and Dulera (Mometasone furoate and Formoterol fumarate) inhaler after which you...  Read Full »

What is the best treatment for the symptoms caused by Sjogren's syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor, According to my doctor, I have Sjorgen's syndrome. My big issue is that at times I have shortness of breath and it comes and goes. It used to happen not too often years ago, but now it happens every other month. Last year, I had to be hospitalized due to my racing heart which went t...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, it is clear that you have confirmed Sjogren's syndrome. Unfortunately, it is a chronic autoimmune disorder and treatment options are very limited. The treatment is only symptomatic and supportive in the sense that whatever symptoms you have we ...  Read Full »

Can tuberculosis infect organs other than the lungs?

Query: Hello doctor, My recent chest x-ray showed some suspicious infiltrates in the lung. I am currently under thyroid cancer treatment. I got two CT scans done for both neck and chest. I have attached both reports here. Please help me in clarifying few terms which I did not follow. I would like to know, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.  I went through both your CT scan reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). According to your CT report, there is no defect in the lungs. It only shows collapse in certain parts. As you have mentioned you are currently under treatment for thyroid canc...  Read Full »

Does my mother's CT scan show the cause of weakness?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother's present complaint is weakness. She is also suffering from diabetes, blood pressure, CKD and heart problem. We have done the CT scan. The CT scan shows shortness of breath in the lung. I am sending the report of a CT scan and other prescriptions. Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read all the reports attached here (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your mother is a known case of diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease and blood pressure. Her CT chest is suggestive of left upper lobe density. Here the question is whether it ...  Read Full »

Are tingling tongue and itchy mouth after eating kiwi a sign of allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 17 years old female. I had one kiwi, and it makes my mouth hurt, but it was not too bad, and I liked the flavor. I just managed it. I decided to have two kiwis yesterday, and then my mouth and tongue were tingly and itchy. My stomach was disturbed, and there was a kind of short...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are right the symptoms you perceived could be because of kiwi allergy. This is called oral allergy syndrome or pollen food syndrome. The raw proteins in fruit or peel of the fruit cause allergic symptoms. It may occur with certain other fruits, also like peach...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for inhaling drywall dust?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question in regards to pulmonology and exposure to crystalline silica. I have done a ton of research on the internet regarding this subject and probably know as much as anyone can know based solely on internet information. So I am hoping someone with a more advanced knowledge ...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have surfed your links and understood your problem in detail. (attachments removed to protect patient identity) After silica exposure you are suffering from what is called as acute silicosis. Acute silicosis results from short term exposure to very large am...  Read Full »

During oxygen therapy, is it necessary to check oxygen saturation?

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


Dr. Amolkumar W. 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 »

Is there a permanent cure for pulmonary hypertension?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for past 15 years, which has now affected my whole body. Since one and a half year, I am getting shortness of breath and cough. Last year, when I was admitted in the hospital to get this treated, my doctor advised me to use external oxygen for long...  Read Full »


Dr. Amolkumar W. Diwan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Both rheumatoid arthritis and pulmonary hypertension are chronic diseases. As there is no permanent cure for it, the aim of treatment in such case is control of symptoms only. Medicines help only to control the symptoms. You are a known rheumatoid arthritis patient and no...  Read Full »

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