Finding it difficult to breathe while trying to eat or after eating can be an unsettling experience. There are several reasons why this may be happening, some of which are not obvious.
As most people know, asthma or food allergies can cause shortness of breath. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) causes mucus, shortness of breath, wheezing and tightening of the chest.
Anxiety can cause shortness of breath. Anxiety can also be heightened by consuming caffeine, which is found in coffee, chocolate and certain teas.
Younger people don’t tend to suffer from shortness of breath, unless it’s related to anxiety, asthma or allergy. Older people are prone to COPD, and this ailment can increase shortness of breath while eating.
The reasons for shortness of breath do not necessarily have to originate in the lungs. Your doctor may want to take a chest x-ray to eliminate other causes.
Your primary physician, allergist or an ear, nose and throat doctor will be able to narrow down the causes for your shortness of breath. Pulmonologists can classify if your breathing difficulty is asthma. If shortness of breath comes from a weight problem, click here to find out about some of your options.