What are the signs of lung problems?

Lung symptoms are common symptoms of respiratory or heart disease, emotions, or injury. Pulmonary symptoms is another name that refers to lung symptoms. Symptoms of the lung involve changes in breathing, coughing, or pain in the chest. Breathing symptoms include dyspnea (difficulty breathing), tachypnea (rapid breathing), hypopnea (shallow breathing), hyperpnea (deep breathing), and apnea (absence of breathing). Lung symptoms may occur in conditions affecting the lungs alone or may be associated 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 lung symptoms. Other common causes of lung symptoms include infections, such as pneumonia or acute bronchitis. Inflammation can cause lung symptoms, as is commonly seen in pleuritis or chronic bronchitis. Depending on the cause, lung symptoms may originate from one or both lungs, and may be accompanied by heart symptoms, such as low blood pressure (hypotension) or rapid heart rate (tachycardia).

Heart conditions can lead to lung symptoms, especially in severe cases, such as congestive cardiac failure. Anxiety and panic attacks are also common causes of lung symptoms and include rapid breathing that may result in hyperventilation or fainting. Airway obstruction causes lung symptoms that may include rapid shallow breathing. Lung injury from chest trauma can lead to breathing symptoms.

Lung 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 lung symptoms but mild symptoms recur or are persistent.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with lung symptoms?

Lung symptoms may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the lungs may also involve other body systems.... Read more about lung symptomssymptoms

CAUSES

What causes lung symptoms?

Lung symptoms are common symptoms of lung or heart disease, emotion, or injury. The medical terms for lung symptoms are dyspnea (difficulty breathing), tachypnea (rapid breathing), hypopnea (shallow breathing), hyperpnea (deep breathing), and apnea (no breathing).... Read more about lung symptomscauses

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