Respiratory Problems


Occasionally, an asthma attack – or a severe flare-up of symptoms that does not respond to everyday treatments – may occur. If you are requiring extra doses of your inhaler, seek immediate evaluation. Waiting too long may lead to respiratory failure. In these instances, it is important to receive emergency care. Possible triggers of asthma attacks include:

  • Air irritants such as smog, smoke, strong smells, and chemical fumes
  • Allergens such as dust mites, pollen, animal dander, and mold
  • Exercise Bronchitis
  • Medications like acetaminophen and aspirin
  • Stressful situations
  • Ongoing medical issues such as obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, and acid reflux

Individuals who are suffering from bronchitis may not realize they have the illness, since many of its symptoms – cough, fatigue, slight fever, and chills – are similar to that of a common cold. Generally speaking, however, you should seek emergency care from an experienced physician if your cough:

  • Persists for more than three weeks
  • is accompanied by a fever of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher Pneumonia
  • Produces blood or mucus
  • Causes wheezing or shortness of breath

Some causes of pneumonia are mild (called walking pneumonia), others can be life threatening and warrant immediate evaluation and care from a physician. Young children, seniors, and individuals with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of experiencing potentially life-threatening cases of pneumonia. Be sure to seek emergency care if you or someone around you is displaying severe pneumonia symptoms, including:

  • Steady fever of 102 degrees or higher
  • Chest Pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent or severe coughing