Shortness of Breath
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shortness of breath can be painful and it can be caused by many conditions. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more on todayís 60 Second Housecall.

When you are short of breath, it may feel like you canít catch your breath or your chest may feel tight. The pain can often worsen with an increase of activity or when you exercise.

Shortness of breath can be caused by many things. If you are short of breath with a cough or fever, you may have a chest infection or pneumonia.

If you are wheezing, or if asthma runs in your family, you may have asthma.

If you smoke and have been getting short of breath over a period of time, you may have a chronic problem, especially if you cough every day.

There are several reasons why you may experience shortness of breath. To find the cause of your shortness of breath, your doctor may order a chest X-ray or an echocardiogram.

To help prevent shortness of breath, avoid chemicals and strong smells that can bother your lungs, ask your doctor about flu and pneumonia shots and stop smoking.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.