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Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath might not be anything to worry about, but sometimes it can be serious and you'll need to get medical help.

Shortness of breath has lots of different causes.

Common causes include asthma, a chest infection, being overweight, and smoking. It can also be a sign of a panic attack.

But sometimes it could be a sign of something more serious, such as a lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or lung cancer.

Any treatment you may need depends on what's causing your symptoms.

Do not try to self-diagnose the cause of your shortness of breath – always see a GP.