These Simple Techniques Can Mitigate Your Shortness of Breath and Improve Your Breathing

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Shortness of breath describes the sensation of not being able to breathe in a sufficient amount of air. Medically speaking, this state is known as dyspnea, and, in some cases, can be a symptom of serious health problems, such as lung cancer or cardiac events. However, in most cases, shortness of breath results from non-life threatening conditions, such as an episode of anxiety or a period of strenuous exercise. Other factors, such as inactivity over time or higher altitudes, can also contribute to shortness of breath.

If you regularly feel that you can't get enough oxygen, and that feeling is accompanied by chest pain, fever, wheezing, tightness in the chest or throat, and/or swollen feet and ankles — or if it’s impeding you from participating in regular day-to-day activities — then you should seek emergency medical attention. On the other hand, if your shortness of breath is intermittent (or comes and goes), you should schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional to get to the root of the issue. In the meantime, we’ve collected some things you can do to mitigate your shortness of breath.