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At Dignity Health Southern California, we see people every day with breathing problems ranging from being short of breath to wheezing to feeling like you can’t breathe at all. Other symptoms we see include rapid breathing, restlessness, fatigue, dizziness, and confusion. Difficulty breathing is almost always a medical emergency.
Seek immediate care or call 911 for help if you or someone you are with is experiencing breathing problems. When you go to one of our emergency rooms (ERs) for breathing problems in Southern California, a triage nurse will quickly assess your condition and treatment begins as soon as possible.
If you feel comfortable waiting at home, use InQuicker to check ER wait times at our urgent care centers and these locations:
Respiratory and other serious conditions that cause trouble breathing include:
After diagnosing your condition, our highly trained doctors and respiratory specialists develop an effective and personalized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms as quickly as possible. For patients with a life-threatening condition, such as anaphylaxis, emergency medical care begins immediately. Your doctor will administer any medicines you bring with you for breathing emergencies, such as an epinephrine autoinjector for severe allergic reactions or an inhaler for asthma or COPD.
All of our urgent care clinics and emergency departments are equipped to carry out life-saving measures, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency surgery if necessary.
Contact Dignity Health Southern California for more information about medical services we are honored to offer our communities in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and in Inland Empire cities San Bernardino, Fontana, and Highland.
Dignity Health provides expert diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive care for breathing problems in Southern California.