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It can be alarming to feel like you can’t catch your breath. If you are experiencing shortness of breath, it could be a life-threatening condition without proper medical treatment. Instead of waiting to see what happens, it is best to head to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible.

What Causes Shortness of Breath?

A variety of activities and health conditions can cause shortness of breath. Common causes include:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Lung infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Heart Attack
  • Collapsed Lung
  • Croup
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Broken Ribs
  • Chocking
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Exercise or Exertion
  • Other Heart Problems, Including Arrhythmias, Pericarditis, or Heart Failure

As you can see, many underlying health conditions could be causing the symptom of shortness of breath. If you are having respiratory distress, then our medical team can restore your breathing and identify the underlying problem that needs to be treated.

Chronic Shortness of Breath

Unfortunately, some people experience chronic symptoms due to asthma or COPD. Often, an inhaler or medication can be used when the symptoms flare. If you find that your at-home treatments aren’t working to control the symptoms, then it is smart to talk to a doctor right away.

If you experience these symptoms regularly, then pay attention to know what the symptoms feel like. What is “normal” for you? When you notice changes from your typical symptoms, then don’t hesitate to talk to a medical professional.

When are Emergency Services Needed?

Feeling winded after a burst of movement is normal, and it only takes a few minutes to catch your breath once again. But shortness of breath manifests differently and often requires medical services. Here are a few signs that you need to go to the Emergency Room for shortness of breath:

  • Symptoms start suddenly
  • Shortness of breath is accompanied by fainting, chest pain, vomiting, or nausea
  • Regular treatments for a chronic condition don’t work (if the shortness of breath is related to conditions such as COPD or asthma)
  • Trouble breathing while lying down
  • Whistling or a high-pitched noise when the airflow moves in and out
  • Wheezing
  • Chills, cough, or high fever
  • Ankle or feet swelling
  • Blue tint in the fingertips or lips

If the symptoms aren’t severe, then you can call our team to determine if you should come to our clinic. Some patients are hesitant to visit the ER if emergency medical services aren’t needed. The benefit of choosing iCare ER and Urgent Care is that we offer a dual-service medical center. For example, if you visit the ER and the symptoms aren’t severe enough to require emergency support, then we will move you to the urgent care center so you can avoid paying ER prices.

Our professional team at iCare ER and Urgent Care is here to assist with emergency services. Come to our clinic, and we will complete an initial evaluation to see if you need emergency support or urgent care services. Our emergency room is open 24/7 and here to assist when needed. Call today for more information: (214) 407-8668.

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