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Respiratory Problems, Age 12 and Older - Check Your Symptoms

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If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.

  • Suspected allergic reaction (other than from a bite or sting): Go to the topic Allergic Reaction.
  • Swallowed or inhaled an object: Go to the topic Swallowed Objects.
  • Bite or sting: Go to the most closely related topic:
    • Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites
    • Tick Bites
    • Snake and Lizard Bites
  • A respiratory problem after surgery: Go to the topic Postoperative Problems.
  • Breathing at a fast rate and feeling anxious: Go to the topic Hyperventilation.
  • Smoke or chemical fume inhalation: Go to the topic Burns.

If you have a history of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or another chronic breathing problem and your doctor has given you a plan for handling your respiratory problem, seek medical care according to your plan.

Do you have new chest pain without other symptoms of a heart attack?

Do you think your symptoms may be caused by a medicine?

Are you wheezing?

Do you have respiratory symptoms and a fever?

Do you have respiratory symptoms and a headache or body aches but you do not have a fever?

Are you taking an antibiotic for an infection and your symptoms have not improved or new symptoms have developed?

Do you have mild difficulty breathing?

Do you have a runny nose?

Other Symptoms to Watch For

If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 07, 2013
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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