Never ignore these breathing problems!
If you find yourself suddenly short of breath or have a breathing problem, make sure you never ignore it. Sometimes, a breathing problem may be a symptom of a more serious condition. Here are some signs to watch out for.
If you generally have a thick wet cough, this is a symptom of cold or a flu. However, if this is accompanied by shortness of breath, this may be a sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
If you find that you have a high-pitched whistling sound whenever you breathe, this is an indication that your airways have narrowed down. This may be due to asthma but not always. Sometimes, this can be caused by an infection or may be an allergic reaction.
Fast & shallow breathing
When you find yourself stressed or very anxious, you might find yourself taking fast and shallow breaths. In general, this would be considered the body’s “fight or flight” response. However, if this goes on for a longer period, it may result in a condition called ‘hyperventilation’ where you might feel that you are not getting enough air.
Feeling out of breath suddenly
After a sudden spurt of activity such as running a race or climbing up a lot of stairs, you may feel out of breath. However, if you have pain in your chest after breathing in and out, don’t take it lightly. This might be an infection such as pneumonia. In case this chest pain lasts over 15 minutes and spreads to other parts of the body or if you feel nausea, throw up blood or sweat, you could be having a heart attack. Call emergency.
Feeling short of breath when active
When you have anemia, it means you have a shortfall of iron and you are likely to feel short of breath after some activity. Iron is essential for the blood to carry oxygen throughout your body. In case, your body does not have adequate iron, you may feel short of breath or experience chest pain.