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Old 05-23-2005, 11:30 AM   #1
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Question Can allergies cause breathing problems?

Hi
For ages now Ive had breathing problems - shortness of breath at night.
With the onset of the hayfever season in the UK it seems to have gotten worse, however when I take antihistamines (Zyrtec), it doesn't seem to bother me as much. I am sleeping better and have fewer awakenings.
Can an allergy really cause shortness of breath to the extent that it will cause severe shortness of breath?

Thanks for any comments.
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Old 05-23-2005, 07:20 PM   #2
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Re: Can allergies cause breathing problems?

Yes! You might have asthma. Have you had an asthma test? Or you might have what I had, sino-bronchial syndrome. Basically, it is infected sinus drainage that drips into your longs and causes the bronchial tubes to constrict. If this is your problem, a sinus CT scan will show the cause.

 
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Old 05-24-2005, 11:34 AM   #3
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Re: Can allergies cause breathing problems?

Hi Sneezydiva
I have been tested for asthma and I don't have it. Ive had chest xrays, heart tests, a bronchoscopy, and my lungs and heart are all fine. They are currently investigating acid reflux. However since coming off a prescribed drug I have been a lot better in this respect.
And I have since noticed that taking antihistamines seems to help quite a lot. and I do get a lot of post nasal drip - expecially since the start of the hayfever season in UK. So would you recommend asking for allergy testing and a sinus CT scan then? I do wonder if I have the same as you have, I did a net search for it but couldn't really come up with anything.
So how do you treat it and are you cured?

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Old 05-24-2005, 11:39 AM   #4
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Re: Can allergies cause breathing problems?

I was the same as you, chest x-rays normal, asthma test normal. Lots of PND. Antihistimines made me feel a whole lot better. I would definitely recommend allergy testing, and a Sinus CT.
I don't know why there isn't a lot of information on the internet about this. Besides my doctor, the only other place I've seen it mentioned is a short 1 page blurb in Dr. grossan's The Sinus Cure book.

 
Old 05-24-2005, 05:26 PM   #5
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Re: Can allergies cause breathing problems?

Hi,

I would definitely recommend allergy testing also. Please look up a condition called vocal cord dysfunction. It was believed that I had asthma also. The periods of shortness of breath was unbearable and I thought that I was going to die. It turns out that I had vocal cord dysfunction which causes asthma like symptoms but isn't asthma at all. This condition can be triggered like asthma but it happens to me when I am around cigarette smoke, have a respiratory infection- or when my sinuses and allergies are really acting up.

Hope this helps you

 
Old 05-24-2005, 05:32 PM   #6
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Re: Can allergies cause breathing problems?

Hi,

I have the same symptoms are you, and was tested several times for asthma, but did not test positive. I have severe allergies and it does seem worse when I get a cold, during allergy season, and also when I get upset. They have never been able to figure out what mine is caused from, or exactly what it is. I would interested to see if maybe I had one of the causes that you ladies have!

 
Old 05-25-2005, 02:15 AM   #7
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Re: Can allergies cause breathing problems?

Hi All
I am so glad I found this board - up till now I have felt such a freak as I haven't found anyone else with the same symptoms. People just look at me wierdly!
It sounds like I definately need allergy testing and a sinus ct scan.

tip2mol, I have heard of vcd, in fact I am having a barium meal on friday to see whether I have acid reflux and I know that these things can be linked. But isn't vcd a real sudden attack, wheras what I am getting gets worse or better over a period of hours. What do you do to control it?

However I wonder if this can throw more light on my symptoms - I took a decongestant yesterday evening and had really bad shortness of breath last night - I just thought that this would help to get rid of the excess mucus but I guess it just worsened the already bad situation and dripped the mucus into my lungs all night???

Thanks for the replies, its so helpful to talk to people who have a similar sort of thing.
Litthotwm, so are you going to get some testing done?
Best wishes
Tesss

 
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