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Essentials (South Africa) - - HEALTH -

‘ Breath­less­ness that isn’t caused by ex­er­tion may be a sign of an un­der­ly­ing health con­di­tion,’ says res­pi­ra­tory spe­cial­ist Dr David Sim­cock. It is pos­si­ble to have your first asthma at­tack as an adult, and there are a range of trig­gers, from al­ler­gic re­ac­tions to res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions. Once di­ag­nosed, doc­tors can pre­scribe drugs to pre­vent an at­tack in the fu­ture. Short­ness of breath can also be a sign of ana­phy­lac­tic shock, which is life-threat­en­ing. Ep­i­neph­rine is the an­ti­dote, and GPs can pre­scribe an emer­gency shot of this in an EpiPen. If you find that you’re out of breath af­ter min­i­mal ex­er­tion and you’re of­ten tired for no rea­son it could mean you have a heart prob­lem, and you should see your GP.

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