3-rx.comCustomer Support
HomeAbout UsFAQContactHelp
News Center
Health Centers
Medical Encyclopedia
Drugs & Medications
Diseases & Conditions
Medical Symptoms
Med. Tests & Exams
Surgery & Procedures
Injuries & Wounds
Diet & Nutrition
Special Topics

\"$alt_text\"');"); } else { echo"\"$alt_text\""; } ?>

You are here : 3-RX.com > Medical Encyclopedia > Injuries and Wounds > First Aid for Difficulty Breathing
      Category : Health Centers > Respiratory System (Lungs and Breathing)

First Aid for Difficulty Breathing

Alternate Names : Difficulty Breathing, Shortness of Breath, Dyspnea

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

A person who has difficulty breathing is having trouble moving air in or out of the lungs. This can be the result of an airway obstruction, disease, severe allergic reaction, injury, or other medical condition.

What are the causes and risks of the injury?

The causes of difficulty breathing can vary. Causes can be associated with medical diseases and conditions that narrow the airways, such as:

  • emphysema, a chronic lung disease in which the air sacs are destroyed, seen mostly in smokers
  • chronic bronchitis, a chronic lung disease also seen in smokers, that is marked by persistent coughing up of sputum from the lungs
  • asthma, a lung disease in which the overly-sensitive airways become narrowed in response to various triggers
  • Other causes of difficulty breathing include:

  • crush injuries to the chest or airways, such as those resulting from a motor vehicle accident or a sports injury
  • pneumothorax, or collapsed lung
  • congestive heart failure, a condition in which the weakened heart is unable to pump enough blood to body organs
  • heart disease, and abnormalities in any of the heart valves
  • adjustment to a high altitude
  • an obstruction in the airway, as in the case of a person who is choking


    Next section


    First Aid for Difficulty Breathing: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/02/01

    \"$alt_text\"');"); } else { echo"\"$alt_text\""; } ?>

    Home | About Us | FAQ | Contact | Advertising Policy | Privacy Policy | Bookmark Site