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1.  Breathing Difficulties
Breathing difficulties make you feel as though you cannot get enough air. Mild breathing problems, such as fatigue following an aerobics class, are not a concern. Frequently occurring shortness of breath or sudden...
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Blue color skin
  • Blue lips
2.  Emphysema
Emphysema is a disease of the lungs. It occurs most often in smokers. It also occurs in people who regularly breathe in irritants.
Symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight loss
  • Pain
  • Pursed-lip breathing
  • Swollen feet
3.  Asthma Overview
Learn about asthma. Explore the types of asthma and read information about their symptoms, causes and treatments. Continue reading!
Symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Blue fingernails
  • Sudden awakening
  • Stops breathing
  • Coughing up phlegm
4.  Choking Adult Or Child Over 1 Year
Choking occurs when an object, food, or liquid becomes lodged in the throat. Children often choke as a result of placing foreign objects into their mouths. Adults normally choke due to breathing in fumes or eating o...
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Peripheral cyanosis
  • Choking sensation
  • Blue color skin
  • Stridor
5.  Heart Attack Overview
In the movies, heart attacks are always very obvious. In reality, heart attacks aren't always so sudden or dramatic. Read our brief overview for information about heart attacks.
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart murmurs
  • Jaw pain
  • Grey skin
  • Moist skin
6.  Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic condition that affects the chambers of your heart. You have four heart chambers: two atria in the upper half of the heart and two ventricles in the lower half. Th...
Symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Liver enlarged
  • Heart murmurs
  • Swelling of scrotum
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
7.  Pneumonia
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs. The infection may be caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. Pneumonia causes inflammation in your lung's air sacs, also referred to as alveoli. The alveoli fill with flui...
Symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tired
  • Wheezing
  • General weakness
  • Respiratory crackles
8.  Anaphylaxis
For people with severe allergies, exposure to their allergen can result in a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to venom, food, or medication. Most cases o...
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Throat tightness
  • Sting injury
  • Tongue swelling
  • Ant sting
9.  Pneumothorax (Collapsed Lung)
Pneumothorax is the medical term for a collapsed lung. Pneumothorax occurs when air becomes trapped in the space around the lungs-the pleural space. This can cause the lung to collapse and put pressure on the heart. Th...
Symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fidgeting
  • Peripheral cyanosis
  • Dry cough
  • Stopped breathing
10.  Abnormal Heart Rhythms
Have you ever felt your heart skip a beat? If you're not a character in a romance novel, that may mean you have an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Within the heart is a complex system of valves, nodes, an...
This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
Symptoms:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Dizziness
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