Problems Breathing While Eating

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Having a problem breathing normally while trying to eat can be a scary occurrence. Difficulty getting air into your lungs is even scarier when there's a possibility of choking on your food, as well.

A child eating a strawberry
A child eating a strawberry

Age Groups

Unless a food allergy is the cause, it is unusual for a younger person to have shortness of breath. An older person with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may have a worsening of shortness of breath while eating.

Older people may suffer from COPD
Older people may suffer from COPD

Medical Reasons

Asthma can contribute to shortness of breath. COPD can make it difficult to breathe because it causes large amounts of mucus to build-up, as well as symptoms associated with shortness of breath, like wheezing and tightening of the chest.

Children may suffer from asthma
Children may suffer from asthma

Personal Reasons

Anxiety can cause shortness of breath.

Anxiety can contribute to shortness of breath
Anxiety can contribute to shortness of breath

Origin

The various reasons for shortness of breath do not necessarily all originate in the lungs. A doctor may want to take a chest x-ray.

Your doctor may ask for an x-ray
Your doctor may ask for an x-ray

Recommendations

Breathing can be affected by the way you eat. Eat slowly, pausing intermittently and putting your utensils down on your plate between bites. Also, take small bites and chew with your mouth closed, making sure to chew your food completely. Eating six smaller meals instead of three meals per day lessens how much oxygen you use to eat and digest your meals. Be sure to breathe evenly while eating and take deep breaths if needed. If you find yourself skipping breakfast because of a breathing problem, opt for a liquid breakfast, like a healthy smoothie.

Eat smaller meals more often
Eat smaller meals more often

Professional Recommendations

Visit either a primary physician, allergist or an ear, nose and throat doctor to weed out serious medical issues. A pulmonologist would be the type of doctor to classify the problem as a lung problem.

Visit your doctor if symptoms persist
Visit your doctor if symptoms persist

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