10 Shortness of Breath Causes

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2. Asthma

Asthmatic people have episodes of wheezing and coughing, along with shortness of breath. These symptoms can be triggered by allergens, cold air or pollutants like cigarette smoke and chemical fumes.

Physical exercise or excessive stress can also lead to asthma attacks that start with shortness of breath. People with a family history of asthma may be more prone to this condition. An inhaler can help prevent the asthma attack as soon as a patient experiences symptoms.


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