What are the possible causes of shortness of breath?

An unpleasant condition that anyone can experience is shortness of breath or inability to draw in adequate amount of air which is a condition known as dyspnea. In emergency rooms, priority is given to individuals who have breathing difficulty since life might be at risk if the condition is left to worsen drastically.

As for those who have asthma and others who have breathing issues that are routinely managed with inhalers and other medications, an abrupt shortness of breath is alarming not only for the sense of danger and loss of physical control but due to the number of illnesses in which dyspnea can be a symptom. It is vital to call for emergency assistance right away if loss of breath occurs abruptly without any cause or accompanied by possible symptoms of a heart attack.

A doctor must be consulted if the individual starts wheezing, has shortness of breath after exercise or while at rest, coughing, high fever with chills or ankle or foot swelling while lying down.

Shortness of breath

If there is obstruction in the airways especially the mouth, nose or throat through the inhalation of a foreign object, it can lead to shortness of breath.

Allergies

Allergic reactions can lead to shortness of breath. These reactions can be triggered by dust, mold, dander, pollen, medications, insect stings or bites and certain foods such as eggs, peanuts, chicken, wheat and milk.  An individual who was stung by a wasp or bee that abruptly experiences shortness of breath might be in a life-threatening condition and it is vital to call for emergency assistance right away. If a family member is at risk for allergies, it is best that you are prepared by enrolling in a class on first aid today.

Respiratory conditions

If there is obstruction in the airways especially the mouth, nose or throat through the inhalation of a foreign object, it can lead to shortness of breath. There are some respiratory issues in which breathing problem can be a symptom. It includes asthma, anemia, bronchiectasis, chronic sinusitis, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, interstitial lung disease, emphysema, pleural effusion, lung cancer, pneumonia, pleurisy, pulmonary edema, pneumothorax, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary embolism, tuberculosis and pulmonary hypertension.

Heart-related issues

Always remember that shortness of breath can be a symptom of cardiac issues such as heart arrhythmia, coronary artery disease, heart attack, or congestive heart failure especially if accompanied by prolonged chest pain or pressure, nausea, vomiting or fainting. Emergency assistance is required in the latter issue.

Mental issues and other possible causes

Shortness of breath can be a symptom for those who are suffering from extensive stress, anger, fear or generalized anxiety disorder. Individuals who are suffering from hiatal hernia can also have difficulty breathing as well as those who currently have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Since shortness of breath have various causes, it is vital to have the condition properly assessed in order to determine the exact cause. Persistent shortness of breath must be carefully evaluated by a doctor.

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