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Lung Disease & Respiratory Health Center

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Respiratory Problems, Age 12 and Older - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 if:

Call a doctor if:

  • You wheeze when you breathe. Wheezing is a high-pitched sound you may make if you have a problem in your airways.
  • You tire quickly when you talk or eat, or you often have to stop to catch your breath.
  • You wake up in the night short of breath.
  • You have trouble breathing or cough a lot when you exercise.
  • You have any trouble breathing that lasts longer than an hour and is not related to a cold, flu, or other illness.

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    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
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