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What are the symptoms of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDs)?

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Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDs) makes it hard to breathe and puts great strain on the lungs. So symptoms include shortness of breath, often severe. Other signs of ARDS include:

While many people are already in a hospital when they get ARDS, you should get medical treatment right away if you have these symptoms or see them in a loved one.

  • Low blood pressure
  • Unusually fast breathing
  • Confusion and exhaustion
  • Blue-tinted lips or nails from lack of oxygen in the blood
  • 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 Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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 Minesh Khatri on December 21, 2018

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