With any asthma attack, you must start treatment right away, at the first sign of symptoms, either at home or in your doctor's office. If your symptoms are severe and don’t go away after you follow your asthma action plan and use your medications as directed by your doctor, then call 911 and get emergency medical help.
Respiratory failure happens when the capillaries, or tiny blood vessels, surrounding your air sacs can’t properly exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen. The condition can be acute or chronic. With acute respiratory failure, you experience immediate symptoms from not having enough oxygen in your body.
Chronic respiratory failure is an ongoing condition that develops over time. This condition requires long-term treatment that can include oxygen therapy and mechanical ventilation. Learn about chronic respiratory failure causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Major symptoms include coughing for more than three weeks, coughing up blood and red phlegm, fever, and night sweats. Congestive heart failure (CHF): This happens when your heart isn’t effectively pumping blood to your body. In addition to pink or red-tinged sputum, you may also experience shortness of breath.
“Pneumothorax” is the medical term for a collapsed lung. Pneumothorax occurs when air enters the space around your lungs (the pleural space). Air can find its way into the pleural space when there’s an open injury in your chest wall or a tear or rupture in your lung tissue, disrupting the pressure that keeps your lungs inflated.
Pulmonary hypertension is a life-threatening condition that gets worse over time, but treatments can help your symptoms so you can live better with the disease. It may take some planning, but plenty of people who have it find ways to do all the things they love, just as they did before they were diagnosed.
Pulmonary edema is a medical term for fluid buildup in the lungs. It is a serious condition that is often caused by heart disease or heart failure. Pulmonary edema may also be caused by exposure to high altitudes, lung damage, kidney failure, or taking certain medications. It can also be a life-threatening complication of surgery.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for your lungs to work properly. As pulmonary fibrosis worsens, you become progressively more short of breath.
Tachypnea (tachypneic) is a medical term for a rapid shallow breathing or an abnormally rapid respiration. Breathing problems in adults and newborns are caused by a buildup of carbon dioxide in the lungs. This buildup can be result of anything from a respiratory infection to a heart failure.