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How to survive allergies and asthma
May 2, 1997
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Newell Tracy of Arlington, TX, asks:
I'm a 44 yr. old male with a family history of asthma, but I've never been affected. Now, I wake up at night because I need to sit up to breathe. Do you think I'm getting asthma? During the day, I'm now affected by what others call allergies. Thanks.
Allergy and asthma specialist Dr. John Winder responds:
You don't mention if you have other symptoms of asthma such as wheezing, chest tightness,cough, difficulty breathing, or fatigue but nocturnal(night-time) chest symptoms could certainly be related to asthma.
Unfortunately, difficulty breathing while asleep requiring one to sleep upright (orthopnea) could also be associated with other conditions such as heart problems.
You should see your physician and not just hang your hat on your family history.