Breathing Difficulties | Dallas Emergency Care
Trouble Breathing Is Often a Medical Emergency
You can expect to have some trouble breathing after exercising, but for the most part you should be able to breathe without difficulty. If you or someone near you is having trouble breathing then this is a serious situation and you should visit your local ER or call 911 immediately.
Breathing emergencies may come with the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breathe
- Quick, shallow breathing
- Blue discoloration around the lips or fingers
Shortness of breath can be caused by many things, including:
- Heart attack
- Lung damage
- High blood pressure
- Blood clots
- Altitude sickness
What to Do When Someone is Having Trouble Breathing
First and foremost, call 911 and clearly explain the situation to the dispatcher. While waiting for help to arrive, you can loosen any tight clothing that might be restricting airways or blood flow. If the person has an inhaler, make sure they have access to it. If you or anyone else in the room knows CPR, be prepared to administer it.
Try to keep the atmosphere calm. Anxiety can make breathing problems worse. You’ve done the right thing by contacting medical professionals. Take comfort knowing that you have taken action.
The emergency care professionals at Advance ER provide specialized treatment for patients with breathing problems in Dallas. Contact us if you would like to learn more.