Posted by: Brian Jelks | 2011-06-23


Dear Sir/Madam,

Please could you advise me if I am suffering from asthma or it this some other type of infection? Approximately four times a year often combine with a cold I experience extreme breathing difficulty during the night. Usually I wake up with my throat restricted gasping for air this lasts up to a minute. Immediate cure is to get out of the house and breathe in fresh air. As soon as the fresh air reaches my throat the restriction goes away and I can go back to bed. Twice this has happened in a hotel fortunately there was a window I could open. Phoning the front desk would be pointless as communication is impossible at the time. Please advise accordingly. My GP is not really concerned about the condition.


Brian Jelks

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You can consult a pulmonologist/lung specialist for an examination, blood tests, a lung function test and a chest x-ray to determine the cause for your problem. A viral bronchitis can present with these symptoms but other possibilities have to be excluded.


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