What Causes Difficulty Breathing Out?
Difficulty breathing out can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose difficulty breathing out, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "difficulty breathing out" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Chronic Bronchitis
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
recent productive cough
shortness of breath when at rest
slightly elevated eosinophil count
easily becoming short of breath
high air pollution exposure
difficulty breathing in cold weather
highly elevated basophil count
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of difficulty breathing out:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Does it take significantly longer, or more effort, for you to breathe out than to breathe in?
→ Don't know
→ No, breathing out is just as easy as breathing in
→ I sometimes have more difficulty breathing out
→ I usually have more difficulty breathing out
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of difficult exhalation, intermittent difficult exhalation or difficult exhalation, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
... and also rule out issues such as: