The day is beautiful and you want to get out and run a few miles before things really heat up. Unfortunately, you end up frustrated by your inability to breathe deeply and regularly during your run, leaving you feeling exhausted rather than invigorated.
Cecil Yeung, MD, and our team here at Houston Sinus Surgery applaud your active lifestyle, and we want to do everything we can to help you maintain it. If you’re encountering breathing issues when you exercise, especially through your nose, there may be an underlying problem we can resolve.
Let’s take a look.
“Breathing issues” is a broad description that encompasses a number of different problems with a wide range of reasons, some of them quite serious, such as heart congestion or lung disease.
In this discussion, we’re focusing on performance- or exercise-related breathing issues, which often present themselves as:
The effects that these issues can have on your ability to perform are significant, because the body demands an increasing supply of oxygen as exercise gets more intense. If you have a breathing issue that prevents your body from getting adequate oxygen, you’ll get tired sooner.
There are many possibilities when it comes to the causes of breathing difficulties. Here are some common ones:
To determine what’s behind your difficulty breathing, Dr. Yeung reviews your symptoms and performs an exam to identify the problem.
It’s hard to say here what your treatment might be, because it will depend on what Dr. Yeung finds. However, we excel in minimally invasive procedures that can improve your ability to breath well. Some options include the following:
Our goal is to help you breathe easier and improve your performance, so your legs will give out before your breathing does! In fact, we’re so passionate about helping our patients get and stay active that we’ll pay the next entry fee for your race if you come see us about your breathing issues. To get started, book an appointment online or over the phone with Houston Sinus Surgery today.