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Respiratory Problems, Age 12 and Older - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 if:

  • You cannot breathe, or you have severe trouble breathing.
  • You have shortness of breath with chest pain or pressure or other symptoms of a heart attack.
  • Your tongue or throat swells quickly and makes it very hard to breathe. This can be caused by an allergic reaction.

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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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