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15 Reasons You're Short of Breath

Health Logo By Amanda Gardner of Health | Slide 2 of 14: Shortness of breath is one of the hallmark symptoms of asthma, along with wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness. These are caused by airways which have narrowed, making it harder for air to travel naturally in and out of your body. There are two main types of asthma: allergic and non-allergic, each with very different causes and treatments. Allergic asthma is triggered by exposure to certain allergens such as cigarette smoke, pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold, and even weather elements. This type of asthma is relatively easy to manage with medications. Non-allergic asthma is more mysterious and harder to treat and tends to strike middle-aged, overweight women, Dr. Edelman explains. It’s not clear if losing weight helps alleviate non-allergic asthma. Many people don’t realize you can develop asthma not only in childhood but also as an adult. In both cases, it tends to be chronic.

Asthma

Shortness of breath is one of the hallmark symptoms of asthma, along with wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness. These are caused by airways which have narrowed, making it harder for air to travel naturally in and out of your body. There are two main types of asthma: allergic and non-allergic, each with very different causes and treatments.

Allergic asthma is triggered by exposure to certain allergens such as cigarette smoke, pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold, and even weather elements. This type of asthma is relatively easy to manage with medications.

Non-allergic asthma is more mysterious and harder to treat and tends to strike middle-aged, overweight women, Dr. Edelman explains. It’s not clear if losing weight helps alleviate non-allergic asthma.

Many people don’t realize you can develop asthma not only in childhood but also as an adult. In both cases, it tends to be chronic.

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