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What are symptoms of acute respiratory distress syndrome?

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ARDS makes it hard to breathe and puts great strain on the lungs. So symptoms include shortness of breath, often severe, and:

While many people are already in a hospital when they get ARDS, you should alert someone and get medical treatment right away.

  • Low blood pressure
  • Unusually fast breathing
  • Confusion and exhaustion
  • Blue-tinted lips or nails
  • Dizziness
  • Lots of sweating

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “ARDS.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is ARDS?”

American Lung Association: “Learn About ARDS.”

American Thoracic Society: “What is Acute Respiratory Syndrome?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 4, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “ARDS.”

NIH. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is ARDS?”

American Lung Association: “Learn About ARDS.”

American Thoracic Society: “What is Acute Respiratory Syndrome?”

Cleveland Clinic: “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 4, 2020

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