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Sunday, December 21, 2008 Madge Martorelli, Community Member, asks

Q: What causes coughing and difficulty breathing?

A couple of times a week, I'll start coughing and continue for 3-4 minutes & it's hard to breathe or catch my breath.  I am a 63 year old female.  This started about 1 1/2 years ago but seems to be happening more often now.

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Kathi MacNaughton, Health Pro
12/22/08 2:53pm

Hi Madge,


It's impossible to offer a diagnosis over the Internet, but I can tell you that a chronic cough and shortness of breath are common symptoms of asthma. However, they could also be related to other conditions, including emphysema.


So, I would recommend that you contact your personal physician who knows your medical history. He or she will be able to get a better idea of what may be going on.


One thing is for sure... these are not symptoms that you should ignore. Find out what is causing them as soon as you can, so that you can get treatment that will allow you to live your life without limits.


To your health,


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