Shortness of Breath

ExitCare ImageShortness of breath means you have trouble breathing. Shortness of breath needs medical care right away.

HOME CARE

  • Do not smoke.

  • Avoid being around chemicals or things (paint fumes, dust) that may bother your breathing.

  • Rest as needed. Slowly begin your normal activities.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your shortness of breath gets worse.

  • You feel lightheaded, pass out (faint), or have a cough that is not helped by medicine.

  • You cough up blood.

  • You have pain with breathing.

  • You have pain in your chest, arms, shoulders, or belly (abdomen).

  • You have a fever.

  • You cannot walk up stairs or exercise the way you normally do.

  • You do not get better in the time expected.

  • You have a hard time doing normal activities even with rest.

  • You have problems with your medicines.

  • You have any new symptoms.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.