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Respiratory Distress

Lung disease, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia, is the leading cause of respiratory distress emergencies in the U.S. Knowing what to do and where to go when a respiratory distress emergency happens will not only give you peace of mind, it could save your life.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

A nagging cough caused by a cold is one thing but when you are coughing up blood, that requires immediate attention. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a long-term lung disease that makes it difficult to move air in and out of the lungs. Early symptoms include:

  • A cough that won’t go away
  • You often cough up mucus
  • Shortness of breath especially when active
  • Wheezing

As the disease progresses, symptoms may worsen and could also include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Trouble concentrating

Kids can leave you winded. But what happens when they are too?

Childhood Asthma

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The first signs of asthma in a child may occur after a respiratory infection, and may include the following symptoms:

  • Occasional coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain/tightness
  • Trouble sleeping

Although there is no cure for asthma, it is manageable with the right treatments and a proper plan to manage serious reactions. To learn steps to make sure you and your child are prepared for anything, visit Sharecare.com. It can be hard to know when to go to the emergency room when your child is having an asthma flare-up. Call 911 immediately if any of the above symptoms worsen despite the use of medication.

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