What are the signs of breathing problems?
Breathing symptoms are common symptoms of lung or heart conditions, emotions, or injury. The medical terms for breathing symptoms are dyspnea (difficulty breathing), tachypnea (rapid breathing), hypopnea (shallow breathing), hyperpnea (deep breathing), and apnea (absence of breathing). Breathing problems may occur in conditions affecting the lungs alone or may be present in association with more generalized conditions, such as dehydration or infections.
Breathing Problems Spotlight
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis) and asthma are common causes of breathing symptoms. Other common causes include infections, such as pneumonia or acute bronchitis. Inflammation can cause breathing symptoms, as seen in pleuritis or chronic bronchitis. Depending on the cause, breathing symptoms may originate from one or both lungs and may be accompanied by rapid heart rate (tachycardia), low blood pressure (hypotension), or other cardiovascular signs and symptoms.
Heart conditions can lead to breathing symptoms, especially in severe cases, such as congestive cardiac failure. Anxiety and panic attacks are common causes of breathing symptoms and include rapid breathing that may result in hyperventilation and fainting. Airway obstruction causes breathing symptoms that may include rapid shallow breathing. Lung injury from chest trauma can also lead to breathing symptoms.
Breathing symptoms can be a sign of a serious or life-threatening condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) for serious symptoms, such as sweating and severe difficulty breathing, severe sharp chest pain that may be combined with pale or blue lips, fast heart rate, high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), fainting, or change in level of consciousness or lethargy.
Seek prompt medical care if you are being treated for breathing symptoms but mild symptoms recur or are persistent.
What other symptoms might occur with breathing symptoms?
Breathing symptoms may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the respiratory tract may also involve other body systems.... Read more about breathing symptomssymptoms
What causes breathing symptoms?
Breathing symptoms are common symptoms of lung or heart disease, emotion, or injury. The medical terms for breathing symptoms are dyspnea (difficulty breathing), tachypnea (rapid breathing), hypopnea (shallow breathing), hyperpnea (deep breathing), and apnea (no breathing).... Read more about breathing symptomscauses