Breathing Difficulty

Breathing difficulty, also called dyspnea, refers to any kind of difficulty with breathing, including any pain or discomfort on breathing. Although it can have simple causes (e.g. poor physical fitness, cough), it is also often a very serious symptom. The severity of breathing difficulty may range from mild breathlessness ...

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Breathing difficulty is always a serious symptom. Shortness of breath can be fatal. Do not delay seeking medical help. Many of the causes of breathing difficulty are a medical emergency. Simple Explanations: Not all cases of shortness of breath are ...

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Causes of Breathing Difficulty

In older adults, COPD can sometimes be confused with asthma. If you have shortness of breath, wheezing, or other problems breathing, your doctor will be able to tell if you have COPD, asthma, or another condition. ...Source: NIA (NIH)1 ...

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Diagnosis of Breathing Difficulty

Call 999 if you're struggling to breathe or have sudden shortness of breath and:

  • your chest feels tight or heavy
  • you have pain that spreads to your arms, back, neck and jaw
  • you feel or are being sick

You ...2

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Causes List for Breathing Difficulty

Possible causes of Breathing Difficulty (or similar symptoms) may include:3

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Similar Symptoms

Is it true breathing difficulty? What type? Is the breathing labored, short, rapid, wheezing, etc.? Is the breathing the actual problem or is it chest pain? Is there a cough? Consider whether any of these symptoms more precisely describe the ...

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Types of breathing difficulty (dyspnea) include:

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  1. Source: NIA (NIH): health/ understanding-lung-problems
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ shortness-of-breath/ 
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List

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