It is not just asthma that can cause shortness of breath


Drowning and shortness of breath on exercise are often the first symptoms of asthma. However, the problem may also be due to a rare lesion – the abnormal functioning of the vocal cords – which requires a different type of treatment to remedy.

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Asthma is a disease associated with chronic inflammation of the airways. In connection with the symptoms that often occur with shortness of breath and cough, the diagnosis of the disease can be established by a respiratory function test. A lesser known and rare condition is the disease associated with paradoxical vocal cord function, which can also cause symptoms with difficulty breathing. He explains dr. Holpert Valeria otolaryngologist, phoneter, physician at the Otolaryngology Center. In addition to physical exertion, complaints can also be triggered by stress, which causes the vocal cords to strain, constrict, and thus make normal breathing difficult. The rare lesion came to the fore following research conducted by Ohio State University Medical Center.

Double problem

Studies have found that a few percent of athletes are affected by this type of vocal cord movement disorder. Untreated lesions also negatively affect their performance. In the case of elite athletes, the diagnosis of the disease is complicated by the fact that their excellent condition often compensates for the symptoms, so the lesion may linger even for a longer period of time. The diagnosis of the disease is further complicated by the fact that the two diseases are often present together: a paradoxical movement disorder of the vocal cords is also observed in some asthmatic patients, but patients are mostly treated only for asthma symptoms.

Cough and shortness of breath

Complaints don’t just affect elite athletes or regular coaching hobby athletes: symptoms often appear first as a result of sudden onset of physical activity. Of course, no one is advised to give up movement, but we should always take unusual symptoms seriously. Shortness of breath and coughing during exercise may be a warning sign. The majority of complaints are due to asthma. However, if it is revealed that abnormal movement of the vocal cords also plays a role in the development of symptoms, the problem can be eliminated by surgery or by occupations aimed at the conscious management of speech therapy or physiological functions.

Source: Ear-Nose-Throat

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