Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath is caused by many pulmonary diseases, including asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). While there is no cure for the conditions that cause shortness of breath, the board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia work closely with our patients to help them learn to live with these chronic conditions. Our highly trained doctors teach patients how small changes may increase lung capacity.
Causes of Shortness of Breath
Difficulty breathing is often caused by any number of respiratory diseases, and shortness of breath is often one of the first symptoms indicating a serious health condition. Using specific tests and techniques, our certified physicians at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia will determine which respiratory diseases you may be suffering from. Chronic respiratory diseases include:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Chronic bronchitis
Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are the two types of COPD, which typically result from long-term tobacco use, specifically smoking.
In most cases, asthma and allergies are hereditary conditions. These conditions may present themselves early in life, but can occur later in life due to the prolonged exposure of certain elements.
Find Treatment for Shortness of Breath in Atlanta
These diseases harm the lives of those afflicted because there is not a known cure. The highly trained physicians and board certified allergists of the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia work to restore proper lung function and increase airflow. Our patients learn to increase lung capacity to overcome shortness of breath by practicing healthy living tips including:
- Avoiding tobacco smoke
- Avoiding environmental and air pollution
- Increasing activity levels
- Switching to healthy dietary habits
- Learning proper breathing techniques
While practicing these tips for increasing lung capacity and treating shortness of breath, it is important to speak with a certified pulmonary doctor.
Contact the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia
Our offices are conveniently located throughout Metro Atlanta, including offices in Carrollton, Villa Rica, Newnan, Smyrna/Vinings, Hiram, Acworth/Kennesaw, and Douglasville. We practice a no-wait policy, which ensures that you receive care quickly.