It’s normal to get out of breath when you’ve over-exerted yourself, but sudden shortness of breath or breathing difficulties can understandably be a bit scary.
NHS 111 or your GP can assess you over the phone and let you know what you should do, or arrange a home visit if needed. If you know what to expect though or what might have caused it, it can help you or someone with breathing difficulties feel calmer.
Sudden breathlessness could be caused by the following:
In younger people, panic attacks or anxiety are common causes for hyperventilation (taking rapid or deep breaths). Concentrating on slow breathing or breathing through a paper bag should bring your breathing back to normal.
If you are worried about breathing difficulties, call NHS 111 or a GP for advice. Before you speak to them, it’s a good idea to think about the following as this will help them assess your symptoms quickly:
If you're concerned about yourself, a relative or friend, call NHS 111 for medical advice, this free service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
The advisors taking 111 calls are in the same room as those answering 999 calls, so if urgent attention is needed, they can arrange it immediately for you.
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