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.

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Conditions

Acute exacerbation of COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Wheeze (noise on breathing out)
  • Cough which produces mucus
  • Loss of appetite

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Acute exacerbation of COPD.

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

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.

Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is a long-term condition where the airways of the lungs become abnormally widened, leading to a build-up of excess mucus that can make the lungs more vulnerable to infection.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Cough which produces mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
  • Unusually tired
  • Wheeze (noise on breathing out)

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Bronchiectasis.

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.

Chronic obstructive lung disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases including chronic bronchitis, emphysema and chronic obstructive airways disease.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheeze (noise on breathing out)
  • Cough which produces mucus
  • Unusually tired
  • Repeated infections

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Chronic obstructive lung disease.

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

Congestive heart failure

Heart failure is a serious condition caused by the heart failing to pump enough blood around the body at the right pressure.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen feet or ankles
  • Shortness of breath when lying flat
  • Unusually tired
  • Cough which produces mucus

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Congestive heart failure.

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.

Pulmonary Embolism

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in the pulmonary artery, the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the lungs.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain, worse on breathing in
  • Fast or shallow breathing
  • Chest pain on physical effort
  • Coughing up blood

Our Health A-Z contains more information on Pulmonary Embolism.

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

SVT

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is the name given to an abnormality of heart rhythm, characterised by a fast heartbeat.


Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • Feeling heart beat
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Chest pain
  • Lightheaded or feeling dizzy
  • Shortness of breath

Our Health A-Z contains more information on SVT.

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