Sometimes I have clients present with shortness of breath (SOB), and the question comes up as to whether this symptom could be caused by Candida.
If you have a Candida infection of the lung, you have a very serious health condition – often requiring emergency medication intervention or even life support. That’s why mild shortness of breath isn’t a common symptom of a Candida. There may be a link between Candida, immune dysfunction, and increased susceptibility to other health conditions that cause SOB, but I don’t think Candida directly causes shortness of breath.
More likely causes of shortness of breath would include allergies or other types of infections such as bronchitis.
I suggest being checked out medically to determine if you have pneumonia, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or even something such as a pulmonary embolism.
Blood pressure problems that lead to cardiac dysfunction can also cause shortness of breath.
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The list of possible causes of SOB is long. The most likely reason for your SOB will depend on several factors, including age and whether you smoke or not. Chemical exposure, as well as your body weight, can also impact the likely cause of your SOB.
Stress is an important cause of SOB. The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the “fight or flight” stress response. This response can result in shallow, rapid breathing. The parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is also known as the “rest and digest” system. When your breath is under the influence of the PNS, you end up with gentle, slow, deep breathing.
Hormone conditions such as adrenal fatigue or problems with cortisol can also result in SOB.
If it turns out that asthma is the cause of your SOB, I recommend looking into Buteyko breathing, a type of breathing designed by a Russian profession, Dr. Konstantin Buteyko.