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What are symptoms of shortness of breath (dyspnea)?

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Dyspnea is the feeling that you can't catch your breath or get enough air in your lungs. You might feel:

It can be acute (sudden) or chronic (long-lasting). Acute dyspnea starts within a few minutes or hours. It can happen with other symptoms like a fever, rash, or cough. Chronic dyspnea can make you feel out of breath with everyday tasks, such as walking from room to room or standing up.

  • Breathless
  • Tightness in your chest
  • "Hungry" for air (air hunger)
  • Unable to breathe deeply

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 Melinda Ratini on May 15, 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 Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

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