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Breathe easily again; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Short of breath? LloydsPharmacy can help.

We have teamed up with LloydsPharmacy for its Need-to-know health campaign which aims to make people more aware of the range of conditions that can be treated with the help of their local pharmacist. By visiting your local pharmacy first, there is no need to cope in silence or wait for a GP appointment.

know A LloydsPharmacy pharmacist can provide advice and may be able to recommend a suitable product. Here pharmacist Anshu Bhimbat shares advice on shortness of breath.

TQ What can shortness of breath be a symptom of? A Shortness of breath can be a symptom of a number of conditions. These can include asthma, COPD, coughs and colds, respiratory tract infections, panic attacks and possible cardiovascular disease. It can also be linked to being overweight.

Q And when should people see their GP? A Initially, if patients are experiencing very mild shortness of breath then it might be worth them visiting their local pharmacy. The pharmacist can carry out a consultation which may be able to indicate the cause. If shortness of breath is linked to coughs, colds or weight, the pharmacist can offer help and advice on how to alleviate the symptoms. If the shortness of breath is moderate to severe, visit your GP or call 999 in an emergency.

Q How can your local pharmacy help? A If the shortness of breath is linked to weight then we can offer advice on healthy weight loss, which would help to alleviate the symptom. As well as this, we can give general lifestyle advice to help to improve the symptom of shortness of breath due to low levels of fitness. These can include breathing techniques, doing yoga, pilates and low-impact cardiovascular exercise. | Your local pharmacy can provide advice to help to manage mild breathlessness, however if shortness of breath is moderate to severe, make sure you visit your GP or call 999 in an emergency.

HOW TO HELP YOURSELF: Breathlessness is also affected by your breathing habits and lifestyle. There are a number of ways to help manage breathlessness, including: BREATHING CONTROL Commonly used in yoga, this breathing technique helps you when you're short of breath or feeling anxious.

Breath gently when you're sitting, relaxed and not out of breath, using your shoulder and neck muscles to get into the best position for you to breathe easily.

STAY ACTIVE Being active can help to manage breathlessness as it strengthens your muscles and increases your fitness. Your local pharmacist can provide advice on how to stay active.

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Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Mar 16, 2018
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