Breathing difficulties can range from being short of breath, unable to take a deep breath, gasping for air, or feeling like you are not getting enough air.
This article discusses first aid for someone who is having breathing problems.
See also: Choking
Difficulty breathing - first aid; Dyspnea - first aid; Shortness of breath - first aid
Breathing difficulty is almost always a medical emergency (other than feeling slightly winded from normal activity such as exercise).
There are many different causes for breathing problems. Common causes include:
A person with breathing difficulty may have:
If someone is having breathing difficulty:
Call 911 or your local emergency number if you or someone else has difficulty breathing, especially if you notice:
Call your doctor right away if:
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