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Asthma

Question
Posted by: Rebekah Stanford | 2018/11/19

Q.

Asthma

I get colds really easily and they usually linger a while like 2 weeks or more. Also when I exercise I get out of breath a lot easier than my friends. I am overweight so my parents think it is just that, but I don't think so. This happens sometimes but especially when I have a cough: I get chest tightness and when I cough I feel like I can't catch my breath, and it hurts to breathe. A lot of the time I find myself wheezing when going up hills, or going on a run. A lot of the time my chest feels "full". Do I have asthma? 

Expert's Reply

A.

Asthma Expert
- 2018/11/22

It does sound like you may likely have asthma.  However, there are many causes of wheezing and all that wheezes is not necessarily asthma.  At the minimum you need a chest x-ray and to see an experienced doctor.  They can start you on appropriate treatment.  There are other aspects including treating chronic nasal inflammation which is also important.

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