Shortness Of Breath, No Fever?

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Afternoon, I want to ask starting 4 days ago I had a mild cold, but taking medicine but it didn’t improve. Then, 2 days ago my breath felt tight, but not a fever. Could I have Covid-19? As a reference, I do have a history of asthma, but rarely recur. This week I only took medicine from the pharmacy but my asthma didn’t go away, but it didn’t get worse. I want to check into a referral hospital but fear more exposure to other sick people so I still haven’t seen any doctor. According to the doctor, do I have to get myself checked into a hospital? Is there any medicine I can take to reduce my asthma? Thank you.

1 Answer:

Hello Rena,

Thank you for the question.

Colds can indeed be one of the most common triggers of asthma. Asthma itself is inflammation of the lower airway which causes the diameter of the airway to narrow and mucus to be produced excessively, which triggers tightness, coughing, and wheezing. Asthma cannot be cured and is recurrent. This recurrence of asthma can be triggered by colds, both those that arise due to infections (including new Corona virus infections, or better known as COVID-19), allergies, irritations, benign or malignant tumors, and various other causes. Not only colds, asthma can also be triggered by stress, excessive physical activity, gastric acid reflux, consumption of certain foods or drugs, and many other factors.

Not only asthma, shortness of breath that you experience can also arise due to other factors, such as bronchitis, bronchhiolitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, food allergies, intestinal obstruction, the influence of drugs, heart problems, psychological disorders, and so on.

Better, if the tightness that you feel is very disturbing, check yourself directly to the doctor or doctor of internal medicine. Through physical examination, x-rays, and other supporting tests, often the doctor is able to determine the best management.

In the meantime, what can be done is:

 Overcome colds, namely by avoiding cold, dust, smoke, pollution Warm compresses tightness of the chest tightly regulate breathing well Improve personal hygiene and your environment Don't smoke Don't take any medicine Eat small portions but often Don't eat gas-containing foods first Control your stress well Get enough sleep. Hope it helps.

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