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It’s normal to feel winded if you’ve been exerting yourself or exercising. Breathing problems are different. Problems range from being short of breath to gasping for air to feeling like you can’t get any air at all into your lungs even when sitting still.
Breathing problems are almost always medical emergencies. Call 9-1-1.
At Dignity Health, our committed doctors provide fast, complete emergency treatment for breathing problems in Arizona. Visit your nearest Dignity Health ER location and select your estimated arrival time using our online InQuicker™ tool.
People with dangerous breathing problems may look like they are struggling to breathe and are uncomfortable. You may even be able to see their chest moving to help them breathe. Other signs and symptoms of breathing problems are:
It may also be very difficult for the person to breathe when they are lying down. Sitting up may provide some relief.
Other symptoms can occur along with breathing problems:
Emergency causes of breathing problems are:
Treatment for breathing problems depends upon the underlying cause.
For serious breathing problems, call 9-1-1.
First aid should be applied until professional medical care is provided.
Do not give someone with breathing problems any food or drink or prop up the head. If there is an injury, try not to move the person.