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Sunday, October 26, 2008 longeri1, Community Member, asks

Q: wheezing when i breathe- is it Asthma?

Hi, i'm 19years old college student. I ran a mile today. I haven't ran in a few months but i do spinning and aerobic classes from time to time so i am not completely out of shape. But after about a half a mile my chest felt extremely tight and my lungs were burning, a point where it became painful. It became harder for me to breathe as i kept running. My chest was on fire when i stopped, i have bad sinuses so i was coughing up alot of mucus. I also had a slight pain in my back for about 20 minutes. I walked for about 20 minutes untill my heart-rate slowed down. The pain went away but now I am wheezing when i beathe in deeply, or breathe out deeply, or when i cough or laugh. I still feel a little  tension and discomfort in the center  and outer parts of my chest. I am worried there is something wrong, i have never wheezed while i breathe. It's been about 15 hours since i went running & i am still wheezing. I am not sick and do not smoke. Do i have Adult Asthma? I forgot to mention i always breathe through my mouth and not my nose when i run because i can't get enough air if i breathe in my nose, i'm sure it's due to my inflamed sinuses, but could that be the reason of my wheezing?

help!

--Erica

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Kathi MacNaughton, Health Pro
10/28/08 8:50pm

Hi Erica,

 

Wheezing is definitely a symptom of asthma, including exercise-induced asthma. And asthma can strike at any point in your life, even if you never had symptoms before. Chronic sinus problems are a risk factor for asthma as well.

 

BUT... wheezing isn't just a symptom of asthma. So, you'll want to be sure that you talk with your doctor about what happened to make sure of what's going on. If it is asthma, there are treatments that are fairly easy to use and that are highly effective.

 

There will be no reason you cannot live a normal, active life.

 

To your health,
Kathi

 

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MatthewM23, Community Member
4/30/10 5:56pm

I have weezing alot and coughing quite abit, and wondered if it could be asthma.

 

Please Help,

               Matthew

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nscangal, Community Member
4/30/10 7:14pm

Matthew, as Kathi said, wheezing is a symptom of asthma. So is coughing. However, your wheeze and cough could be caused by something other than asthma, so it's important to speak to your doctor about your breathing problems.

 

Good luck!

 

Sarah

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