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chest Burns when breath in cold air

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Chest hurts when breathing in cold air. Had an e.k.g bout a month ago along with some blood work and everything. Doctor didn't find anything however; I have been diagnosed with asthma since I was 12yrs old. I am now 31. These symptoms are new to me and affect me most when it's cold
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replied March 29th, 2012
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Yes, it is very common for patients with asthma or with reactive airway disease to have increased symptoms when exposed to cold environment. This is due to the fact that exposure to cold air, results in bronchoconstriction (decrease in diameter of airways), which can present as bouts of cough, breathing difficulty, etc.

You should do your best to avoid colds and other respiratory infections. Learning to breathe through your nose to warm air before it goes into your lungs, will help prevent coughing when exposed to cold air. If the weather is cold, exercise indoors or wear a mask or scarf over your nose and mouth.‎

In addition, you can consult your doctor or a pulmonologist who can prescribe you bronchodilator inhalers (albuterol) which may help to control the bronchoconstriction related symptoms.



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