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A 19-year-old male asked:

i'm expiriencing shortness of breath ?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
You will need to see a physician ASAP, as difficulty breathing can be due to anxiety, asthma, pneumonia, heart disease, and a host of other conditions. You may or may not have a severe problem, and to be on safe side, get it addressed soon.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
I agree with Dr. Machanic. Shortness of breath can also be a symptom of COVID-19 so getting tested for COVID should also be done. Shortness of breath can be due to serious, even life-threatening problems, so go to the nearest ER and get an evaluation and treatment. Good luck to you!
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Difficulty breathing: If you have marked shortness of breath then you may need emergency medical assessment. Suspicion for COVID 19 is higher with at least 2 of these sx’s: temp of at least 99.6, Cough, Shortness of breath, Chills, Shivering, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.

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