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itching and shortness of breath
Long story....but, I have shortness of breath and a feeling of pressure on my chest along with sporadic itching and skin crawling feeling. No rash. I have had all allergy skin and blood tests (with the exception of the dermo patch test)and chest xrays which were all negative. I take zytec and singulaire and have had 3 steroid shots this calendar year. Heat and humidity seem to bring out the symptoms. I am trying to determine possible causes. Can you please assist?
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Hi,

Have you had a breathing PFT (pulmonary lung functioning test) at all?

You may want to see a pulmonologist who will do this test to see if there's inflammation that cannot be seen on xrays, etc. going on in your lungs which can give you this type of sensation (the tightness and pressure)  I've seen the itching and skin crawling feeling being discussed on our asthma community so feel free to stop by there, too.

Have they tried something like Advair or Flovent to see if that helps inbetween the steroid shots?  Did the steroid shots help at all with your symptoms and return when they wear off?

We are not Dr's, but patients or parents of kids with allergies so WELCOME!

C~
2 children anaphylactic to nuts, latex, plums bees & both have asthma
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Yup, I hate to say this, but you are having reactive airway issues of some sort, and a pulmonologist is going to need to look you over.  For years I suffered with shortness of breath and a naging itch in the center of my back (just out of reach).  An alergy skin test revealed that I was alergic to over 100 compounds in my daily life...  I am now on Alavert as I find it does the job of Zyrtec and is a lot cheaper and I also take Singulair for its anti-alergy benefits. I also take Advair which keeps me open and breathing normally and not keeping my wife up with my weezing.  So, I suggest the pulmonologist or a really good ENT / Alergist.  Best of luck.
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Yup,I hate to say this,but it could be a number of other more serious things such as kidney disease which also presents itself with these same symptoms so not being a health care professional why would you give someone such a definitive answer when really you have no clue??
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