Sudden breathlessness could be an asthma attack.
Pneumonia (lung inflammation) may also cause shortness of breath and a cough.
It’s usually caused by an infection, so you’ll need to take antibiotics.
If you have COPD, it’s likely your breathlessness is a sign this condition has suddenly got worse.
What do you do when you have trouble breathing?
1. Pursed-lip breathing
- Relax your neck and shoulder muscles.
- Slowly breath in through your nose for two counts, keeping your mouth closed.
- Purse your lips as if you’re about to whistle.
- Breath out slowly and gently through your pursed lips to the count of four.
When should you go to the doctor for shortness of breath?
Difficulty breathing is one of the top reasons people go to the emergency room. Shortness of breath is a red-alert symptom. If you experience shortness of breath that is so severe that it interferes with activities of daily living or function, call 911 for an ambulance or have someone drive you to the ER immediately.
Why is it hard for me to breathe?
When you’re short of breath, it’s hard or uncomfortable for you to take in the oxygen your body needs. You may feel as if you’re not getting enough air. Sometimes you can have mild breathing problems because of a stuffy nose or intense exercise. But shortness of breath can also be a sign of a serious disease.