Breathlessness could be a symptom of many things including asthma, allergies, heart disease, lung disease, or simply being overweight. Treatments depend on which condition is causing the shortness of breath. Some tests that may help in diagnosing the problem are spirometry, X-rays, CT scans, and others. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how breathlessness is caused, how to treat it, and much more.
Anxiety and panic are normal reactions to feeling you can’t get your breath. It’s also hard to watch someone you care for struggle to breathe. WebMD offers tips that COPD patients and caregivers can use during episodes of breathlessness.