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How is shortness of breath (dyspnea) treated?

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Treatment for shortness of breath depends on the results of your tests and what's causing your shortness of breath. For example, if you have asthma, you may get an inhaler to use when you have a flare.

From: Dyspnea (Shortness of Breath) WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on September 17, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 9/17/2019

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Patient education: Shortness of breath (dyspnea) (Beyond the Basics)." 

Wonderopolis: "How Many Breaths Do You Take Each Day?"

American Family Physician: "Shortness of Breath."

American Thoracic Society: "Breathlessness."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on September 17, 2019

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Patient education: Shortness of breath (dyspnea) (Beyond the Basics)." 

Wonderopolis: "How Many Breaths Do You Take Each Day?"

American Family Physician: "Shortness of Breath."

American Thoracic Society: "Breathlessness."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on September 17, 2019

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