Ask the Nurse; When Should I See A Doctor For Shortness Of Breath?

June 5, 2019

  1. If it keeps you from doing your regular activities. you may experience tightness in your chest or a feeling of not being able to catch your breath without reason. You may also notice a blue color around the finger nails or lips.
  2. Shortness of breath when at rest or lying down.
  3. If you have a fever, chills or night sweats along with shortness of breath.

You may also notice swelling in the feet or ankles, a cough, wheezing or high pitched noise when breathing.

3 Signs that you should go to the Emergency Room (ER):

  1. Chest pain
  2. Nausea
  3. Fainting

If the shortness of breath comes on suddenly, go to the ER immediately. It could be a sign of a blood clot or more serious condition. Do not think that it will go away on its own.

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