What are breathing issues that require attention?

There are breathing issues that should not be ignored since it might indicate a serious health condition. There are symptoms that the doctor wants to know about and what they might indicate.

Symptoms that might indicate breathing issues

Coughing

A wet, dense cough can indicate the flu or common cold. If breathing issues are present such as shortness of breath, it might indicate another condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Wheezing

This is a whistling sound when breathing in or out that indicates that the airways are narrowed. The cause might be asthma but can also be brought about by an infection or allergic reaction.

Breathing issues

A wet, dense cough can indicate the flu or common cold. If breathing issues are present such as shortness of breath, it might indicate another condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Rapid and shallow breathing

If an individual is stressed out or very anxious, he/she takes faster, more shallow breaths than normal which is part of the “fight or flight” response of the body. On the other hand, if it last long, it can lead to hyperventilation which feels as if the body is not getting enough air.

If breathing issues are triggered by stress or anxiety, a doctor should be consulted. Measures to manage anxiety and handle stress can help deal with the breathing issues.

Breathlessness during activity

This might be an indication of anemia where the body does not have enough iron. Remember that iron helps the blood carry oxygen all over the body. If not enough, it can cause breathing issues such as shortness of breath or chest pain while exercising.

Abrupt shortness of breath

It is usual to become short of breath if more active than usual. If the individual is out of breath for no reason or abruptly, it might indicate an issue with the airways or the heart.

Any breathing issues that occurs without any reason can also indicate an issue on how the heart beats or pumps blood. It is vital to seek medical care as soon as possible.

Disclaimer / More Information

The information posted on this page on breathing issues is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to recognize and manage breathing emergencies, register for first aid training at one of our training centers located throughout Canada. The training centers are located in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Surrey, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.

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