Causes Shortness Of Breath After Eating

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Hello doc, I have been breathing for 2 weeks (like it’s hard to take a deep breath). I had to breathe through my mouth and take a deep breath. And still feel lack of breath even though he had done it. Shortness of breath usually appears when after eating, and lasts all day.

1 Answer:

Hello Tanti, thank you for asking at We understand the concerns that you feel.

Shortness of breath complaints can be caused by various possibilities. In some conditions, complaints of shortness of breath can also be accompanied by other complaints such as chest pain, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and so on. Some of the conditions that cause shortness of breath are:

Disorders of the respiratory tract such as influenza, tuberculosis, pneumonia, asthma, COPD, pulmonary edema, and so on.
Disorders of the heart such as coronary heart disease, heart failure, congenital heart disease, and so on
Gastrointestinal disorders such as increased gastric acid, gastric acid reflux (GERD) with one of the triggers namely obesity
Allergic reaction
Trauma to the chest area
Certain psychics such as anxiety disorders, depression, panic attacks, and others

To find out the exact cause of your shortness of breath complaints, of course you must do a direct examination. Examinations include a complete physical examination and additional investigations needed such as blood tests, heart rhythm / ECG records, chest X-ray images, and so on.

To that end, several things that can be done now are:

Consumption of healthy and nutritious foods, avoid foods that are too high in saturated fats, too acidic and spicy, and oily
Drinking water especially warm
Enough rest
Exercise regularly and maintain ideal body shape
Manage stress well
Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, caffeinated drinks and fizzy drinks
Do not lie down immediately after sleeping, wait at least 2 hours after eating

If complaints continue to be felt or burdens, immediately contact a doctor so that further examination and treatment can be done. In the midst of the current pandemic COVID-19 should be vigilant if you have to leave the house, wear masks and avoid using public transportation. Wash your hands regularly with soap and running water and keep your distance from those around you. If later time is not needed once to leave the house then stay at home and avoid going to the crowd.

That's all, hope it helps.

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