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What are the potential causes of breathing problems?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
Breathing problems can potentially be caused by a number of conditions, including: heart disease, lung infection (pneumonia), a collapsed lung, asthma, smoking, inhalation of fumes, choking, and a chest or head injury. Sudden onset of asthma-like symptoms should be treated with a rescue inhaler. Fear, panic and anxiety may also cause breathing problems, resulting in rapid, shallow breathing, known as hyperventilation or over-breathing. Over-breathing may also occur in more serious medical conditions, including heart attack, bleeding, fever or serious infection.
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