Cough and Shortness of breath

On this page you can find conditions that could be the cause of these symptoms although it is not a complete list of possible conditions.

Please note that if you have these symptoms, they may be unrelated to any of these conditions listed. If you are concerned about your symptoms then you should see a doctor.

Information written and reviewed by Certified Doctors.

Conditions

Asthma

Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Wheeze (noise on breathing out)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Asthma.

If you are worried about this condition you can try our free AI Symptom Checker here.

Chest infection

Pneumonia is inflammation (swelling) of the tissue in one or both of your lungs.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Cough
  • Shivering or rigors
  • Shortness of breath
  • High temperature
  • Unusually tired

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Chest infection.

If you are worried about this condition you can try our free AI Symptom Checker here.

Croup

Croup is a childhood condition that affects the windpipe (trachea), the airways to the lungs (the bronchi) and the voice box (larynx).


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Barking cough
  • Blocked nose
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • High temperature

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Croup.

If you are worried about this condition you can try our free AI Symptom Checker here.

Lung cancer

Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Continuous, unexplained weight loss
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusually tired
  • Loss of appetite

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Lung cancer.

If you are worried about this condition you can try our free AI Symptom Checker here.