Difficulty Breathing Specialist

Stephen M. Herman, MD

Internal Medicine & Internal Medicine located in Savannah, GA

If you’re having difficulty breathing, there can be a number of possible causes. A deep cough, allergies, bronchitis, asthma, or other respiratory conditions can make breathing a painful struggle, but fortunately compassionate physician Stephen M. Herman, MD, can help at Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC in Savannah, Georgia. Use the online booking tool or call the office to breathe free again.

Difficulty Breathing Q & A

Why do I have difficulty breathing?

There are many possible reasons that you're having difficulty breathing. Usually, breathing problems are closely tied to respiratory system problems like bronchitis, asthma, allergies, and pneumonia.

You may also have short-term breathing difficulties after strenuous exercise, when you've got a cold, or when you're in a high-altitude climate. If you're struggling to breathe, it's important to get diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.

Why does bronchitis affect my breathing?

Bronchitis develops when the bronchial tubes leading to your lungs become inflamed. This inflammation can cause overproduction of mucus, coughing, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.

Bronchitis usually starts with a viral infection, which means antibiotics can't treat it effectively in most cases. Dr. Herman can help you feel more comfortable and breathe more easily with treatments like cough medicine, inhaled corticosteroids, and other medications customized for you.

How does asthma affect my breathing?

When you have an asthma attack, your breathing passages grow swollen, making them too narrow for air to pass through normally. In an asthma attack, you may feel like a fish that's out of water, gasping to get enough air. The lack of air can cause dizziness, chest pain, fainting, and can even be life-threatening in serious cases.

Dr. Herman can treat your asthma in several ways, including inhaled corticosteroid medications, oral medications, and prescribed lifestyle changes.

How does pneumonia affect my breathing?

If you have pneumonia, the tiny sacs inside your lungs get infected, causing serious irritation. Liquid or pus fills the sacs, and this makes it hard to breathe. Often, pneumonia causes a deep and painful cough, chills, and fever, as well.

Dr. Herman can treat pneumonia in several ways depending on your needs. You may take antibiotics, cough medicine, and fever-reducing medications to help you feel better.

Can allergies cause breathing problems?

Although you may think of allergies as the cause of a runny nose and watery eyes, they can also cause breathing difficulties. Many allergy sufferers have breathing issues after being around a trigger like animal dander, pollen, or dust mites.

Dr. Herman can prescribe medications to help, and can also help you identify your triggers so you can avoid your allergens as much as possible.

For better breathing, book your appointment at Stephen M. Herman, MD, LLC online or by phone now.