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:
But sometimes shortness of breath could be a sign of something more serious, such as:
- a lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- scarring of the lungs known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- heart failure
- lung cancer
Any treatment you may need depends on what's causing your symptoms.
Do not try to self-diagnose the cause of shortness of breath – always see a GP.
Coping with shortness of breath
If you know what's causing your shortness of breath, you can get advice about things you and other people can do to help.