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Asthma

Throat Closing Sensations

09/05/2001

Question:

What would cause what feels to be that my throat is closing and I cannot fully breathe? I acually feel like I am gasping for air. It happens for about 10 minutes and usally about twice a week on average.

Answer:

Throat closing sensation can be due to a number of things. If it is `angioedema` or soft tissue swelling, medications and foods in addition to other chronic disorders need to be excluded. Acid reflux and post nasal drainage may give this sensation as well. I would see an allergist for further evaluation of this problem immediately.

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Response by:

Jonathan   Bernstein, MD Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati