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It’s normal to feel winded if you’ve been exerting yourself or exercising. Breathing problems are much different. They 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. Seek immediate care at a Dignity Health emergency room or call 911 if you or someone you are with are having breathing problems. Dignity Health provides trusted, nationally recognized emergency services and can diagnose and treat the cause of your breathing problems in Sacramento, CA and the surrounding areas.
You can also use our online waiting service, InQuicker™, to select an estimated arrival time one of our six locations.
Some emergency causes of breathing problems are:
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 include:
It may also be very difficult for the person to breathe when they are lying down. Sitting up may provide some relief.
At Dignity Health, our treatment of breathing problems depends on the underlying cause. For serious breathing problems, call 911 or seek emergency medical care right away. You can apply first aid until medical personnel arrive by using the following steps:
Try not to move the person if there is an injury. Do not give the person any food or drink or prop up their head.
At the hospital, our highly trained emergency doctors and staff can determine the cause and provide personalized treatment. Rely on our team to deliver exceptional care and use the most advanced techniques and technologies.
Dignity Health offers emergency care for shortness of breath throughout the Sacramento region.