Respiratory Problems,Age 12 and Older - Emergencies
Do you have any of the following symptoms that require emergency treatment?
Call 911 or other emergency services immediately.
- Breathing stops.
After calling or other emergency
services, see the topic
Dealing With Emergencies.
Moderate to severe difficulty breathing
- Difficulty breathing and choking on an object in the
Note: If choking is present, go to the
Choking Rescue Procedure. Do not perform the Heimlich
maneuver if the person is still coughing or able to speak.
discomfort or pain is crushing or squeezing or feels like a heavy weight on the
- Chest discomfort or pain occurs with:
- •Shortness of
- •Nausea or vomiting.
- •Pain that spreads from the
chest to the back, neck, jaw, upper abdomen, or one or both shoulders or arms.
See an illustration of
chest pain .
- •Dizziness or
- •A fast, slow, or
- Rapid swelling of the throat or tongue (angioedema)
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 25, 2008
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