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Feeling a little winded from an exercise class or a burst of exertion, such as walking up several flights of stairs, is normal. Breathing problems are very different from a feeling of being winded.
Breathing problems can range from being short of breath to feeling as if you can’t get any air into your lungs, forcing you to gasp for air. Breathing problems are almost always considered a medical emergency, and you should seek immediate care or call 911 if you experience feelings like this.
Dignity Health Central Coast’s team of emergency care doctors can determine the cause of your breathing problem and treat your condition.
You may be experiencing a dangerous breathing problem if you:
Identifying breathing problems also can include these symptoms:
There also are times when wheezing, whistling, or gurgling sounds accompany breathing problems. With such a wide range of possible symptoms, let our trusted Dignity Health Central Coast doctors work with you to confirm or rule out conditions that could cause your feelings of being breathless.
Breathing problems can be the result of medical conditions that require immediate attention. Emergency causes of breathing problems include:
Serious breathing problems require emergency medical care. Call 911 or seek immediate professional medical care.
If you are with someone who is having breathing problems, avoid moving the person if there is an injury. Do not prop up the head or give any food or drink. You can help by supplying first aid until medical personnel arrive:
Breathing problem treatments depend on underlying causes. Your Dignity Health Central Coast doctor will work with you on a personalized treatment plan to help you prevent breathing problems on the Central Coast. Find a Doctor today to start receiving personal care.
Dignity Health provides a wide range of emergency care, including breathing problems, throughout the Central Coast of California.