Shortness Of Breath When Swimming For Too Long In A 16-year-old Teenager?

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Good afternoon. I’m Steven, 16 years old. I often can’t swim for long because it’s hard to breathe because I shiver, maybe I’m too sensitive.. But I’m asking for a solution..rnThank you

1 Answer:

Hi Steven,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Breathing activity should be done automatically without realizing it. Shortness of breath is a condition where you need excessive effort when breathing, so that breathing becomes a conscious activity.


When swimming for too long, especially in cold or cold water, your body can experience chills. Shivering is actually one of the body's defense mechanisms to increase body heat production through excessive muscle contraction when body temperature decreases. However, as a result of these chills, you can find it more difficult to regulate your breathing rhythm, resulting in shortness of breath. This tightness can feel more severe if you basically have a hypersensitivity to cold temperatures (cold allergy).


If the tightness feels light, you can work around it through the following tips:

Use comfortable swimwear, not too tight, and not too thin
Make sure you warm up well before swimming to prevent muscle stiffness, including the chest, diaphragm, and stomach muscles that regulate breathing
Equip your body with adequate nutrition before swimming
Drink hot drinks when you feel chills
Regular exercise to optimize your heart and lung function
Stay away from cigarettes
If possible, swim in warm water

However, if the shortness of breath feels very severe, you should immediately consult a doctor. That way, the doctor can perform a thorough examination to rule out the possibility of certain medical disorders that trigger your shortness of breath, such as bronchial asthma, bronchitis, pneumothorax, dyspepsia, pleural effusion, and so on.


Hope it helps ya..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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