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How can infection cause breathlessness?

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If germs come into your body through your nose and mouth, they can travel to your lungs and cause an infection. This is called pneumonia. Anyone can get it, but you’re at higher risk if your immune system is weak, you have a lung disease like asthma, or you smoke.

Warning signs of pneumonia include chest pain, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. You may also bring up thick mucus when you cough.

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Shortness of Breath (dyspnea)(Beyond the Basics).”

NHS: “Shortness of breath,” Patient Information: Pneumonia in Adults: Beyond the Basics.”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Is Iron-Deficiency Anemia?”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Asthma,” “Allergens and Allergic Asthma,” “Asthma Treatment.”

American College of Cardiology: “Breathing Problems: How To Control Stress.”

McKechnie, B. Dynamic Chiropractic, Feb. 11, 1994.

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumonia,” “Pulmonary Embolism,” Myasthenia Gravis.”

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America: “What Is Myasthenia Gravis?”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Pleural Effusion.”

CDC: “Parasites—Hookworm.”

Saint Luke’s Health System: “Understanding Hookworm.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 27, 2020

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Shortness of Breath (dyspnea)(Beyond the Basics).”

NHS: “Shortness of breath,” Patient Information: Pneumonia in Adults: Beyond the Basics.”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Is Iron-Deficiency Anemia?”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Asthma,” “Allergens and Allergic Asthma,” “Asthma Treatment.”

American College of Cardiology: “Breathing Problems: How To Control Stress.”

McKechnie, B. Dynamic Chiropractic, Feb. 11, 1994.

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumonia,” “Pulmonary Embolism,” Myasthenia Gravis.”

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America: “What Is Myasthenia Gravis?”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Pleural Effusion.”

CDC: “Parasites—Hookworm.”

Saint Luke’s Health System: “Understanding Hookworm.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on June 27, 2020

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