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What causes blue lips and shortness of breath? 25 possible conditions

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

1

Breathing Difficulties

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

The term "breathing difficulty" describes discomfort when breathing and the feeling that you can't draw a complete breath. This can develop gradually, or you may have a sudden onset. Breathing difficulties make you fee...

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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

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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4

Pneumothorax (Collapsed Lung)

Pneumothorax, or collapsed lung, occurs when air is trapped in the space around your lungs. Learn about the types of pneumothorax and the treatment for it.

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5

Bronchiectasis

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

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6

Choking Adult Or Child Over 1 Year

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

Choking occurs when a piece of food, an object, or a liquid becomes lodged in the throat. Children often choke as a result of placing foreign objects into their mouths. Adults normally choke due to breathing in fumes o...

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7

Epiglottitis

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

Epiglottitis is characterized by inflamed tissue in your epiglottis. It's a potentially life-threatening condition. Learn who gets it, why, and how it's treated.

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8

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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9

The Catastrophy of Cardiac Tamponade

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

Cardiac tamponade is a very serious condition in which your heart can't pump enough blood to your body due to fluid buildup around your heart.

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10

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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11

Cor Pulmonare

Cor pulmonale is a condition that most commonly arises out of complications from high blood pressure.

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12

Ventricular Septal Defects

A ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a hole between your heart's lower chambers, or ventricles. Read more about this condition.

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13

Polycythemia Vera

Polycythemia vera is a bone marrow disorder in which the body produces too many red blood cells. Here's what you need to know about this rare condition.

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14

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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

Learn about carbon monoxide poisoning and what causes it. Find information on carbon monoxide symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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15

Acute Mountain Sickness

Acute mountain sickness is a condition that occurs when your body can't adjust to a high level of altitude. Learn more about the signs and how to treat it.

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16

Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)

Tetralogy of Fallot is a serious, congenital heart defect characterized by malformations of the heart and a bluish skin tone.

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17

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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18

Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

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

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a lung condition. It occurs when fluid fills up the air sacs in your lungs. It can eventually lead to organ failure.

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19

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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20

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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