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What causes blue fingernails, high pitched breath sounds and wheezing? 9 possible conditions

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Emphysema

Smoking is the leading cause of emphysema, a disease of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe. Learn more about how emphysema affects you and how it's treated.

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2

Asthma Overview

Learn about asthma. Explore the types of asthma and read information about their symptoms, causes and treatments. Continue reading!

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3

Pulmonary Embolism

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that occurs in the lungs. It can damage part of the lung and other organs and decrease oxygen levels in the blood.

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4

Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis causes symptoms like chronic coughing, coughing up blood, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Read about treatment options.

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5

RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) Infection

RSV is virus that causes symptoms similar to those of a cold and occurs most frequently in children. Learn about causes and treatment.

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6

Pulmonary Edema

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Pulmonary edema is a condition in which the lungs fill with fluid. Read about your risk, and what to do if you experience symptoms.

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7

Getting a Handle on Aspiration Pneumonia

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

What's the difference between aspiration pneumonia and pneumonia? Learn the causes, symptoms, and risk factors for this condition.

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8

Chronic Bronchitis

Acute bronchitis causes coughs that produce mucus. You don't need antibiotics, but bed rest and home care can help.

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9

Chemical Burns

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Find information about chemical burns and how to prevent them. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of chemical burns.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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