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.
Restrictive vs. Obstructive Lung Disease
WebMD explains the difference between obstructive and restrictive lung disease, as well as symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Understanding the Symptoms of Wheezing
Learn more from WebMD about the symptoms of wheezing, a breathing problem linked to asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments.
Signs of a COPD Flare-Up
When you have COPD, flare-ups can be a problem. Learn about the early warning signs of one -- and how to avoid them.
10 Tips for Eating When You Have Breathing Problems
If you have a breathing condition such as COPD or asthma, it can be hard to eat. Here are easy ways to make mealtimes easier and more enjoyable so you get the nutrition you need.
Short of Breath? Tips for COPD Breathlessness
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.
Heart Failure: Signs Your Treatment Isn’t Working
With heart failure, even if you're a model patient, you need to watch for new or returning symptoms. Here are seven things to tell your doctor about.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: 10 Smart Exercises for People With COPD
The more you exercise, the better you'll feel with COPD. Breathe easier with these 10 exercises.
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to COPD
Chronic coughing and wheezing may be early warning signs of lung disease. Our slideshow explains the symptoms and treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).