Breathing difficulties – first aid

Alternative Names

Difficulty breathing – first aid; Dyspnea – first aid; Shortness of breath – first aid

Definition of Breathing difficulties – first aid

Breathing difficulties can be described in several different ways. You may be short of breath, unable to take a deep breath, gasping for air, or feel like you are not getting enough air.

Symptoms

The following symptoms are often associated with difficulty breathing:

Review

Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, Clinic. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 7/8/2009

Collapsed lung, pneumothorax
Epiglottis
Breathing

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