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What causes hiccups and shortness of breath? 4 possible conditions

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Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. General symptoms include chest pain, fever, cough, nausea, and difficulty breathing. Blue skin, high fever, and bloody mucus are serious signs.

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Hyperventilation happens when you suddenly start breathing very quickly. Exhaling more than you inhale causes low carbon dioxide levels, which leads to lightheadedness and tingling in the fingers.

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Fluid in the Chest (Pleural Effusion)

Pleural effusion, also called "water on the lung," is an excessive buildup of fluid between your lungs and chest cavity. There's always a small amount of liquid inside your lungs.

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End-Stage Kidney Disease

End-stage kidney disease is the final stage of kidney disease. Signs include an inability to urinate, headache, change in skin color, excessive thirst, and swelling in the legs and hands.

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