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My blood oxygen almost 100 % but my breathing is terrible 17 times/min and shortness of breath..what can help breath better?

My blood oxygen almost 100 % but my breathing is terrible 17 times/min and shortness of breath..what can help breath better?

See doctor ASAP....: shortness of breath is a serious symptom that always needs to be evaluated. Your doctor will start with a history and physical to see if the cause can be determined. The only way to treat it is to find out the cause. If your doc cannot find the cause, see a lung specialist because further testing may be needed. If symptoms worsen, go to the ER. If you smoke, you need to quit now. Good luck!!! ...Read more

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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


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Are there any benign causes of low oxygen? Maybe different breathing patterns?

Are there any benign causes of low oxygen? Maybe different breathing patterns?

Low oxygen?: You mean Oxygen saturation measured at the tip of the finger?. The normal is > 95 %, at the sea level.. Less to about 93-94 ia acceptable. < than 90 is abnormal,. The only benign cause for low O2 sat. is at high altitude, such as in mountain climbers, they carry compressed O2.. Indians from the Altiplano in Bolivia have an Hb of 18-19 %, while at the sea level is 14-13%. Several factors are needed to continuously supply the cells and tissues in your body with oxygen: There must be enough oxygen in the air you are breathing Your lungs must be able to inhale the oxygen-containing air — and exhale carbon dioxide Your bloodstream must be able to circulate blood to your lungs, take up the oxygen and carry it throughout your body A problem with any of these factors — for example, high altitude, asthma or heart disease — might result in hypoxemia, particularly under more extreme conditions, such as exercise or illness. When your blood oxygen falls below a certain level, you might experience shortness of breath, headache, and confusion or restlessness. Common causes of hypoxemia include: Anemia ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome) Asthma Congenital heart defects in children COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases Emphysema Interstitial lung disease Medications, such as certain narcotics and anesthetics, that depress breathing Pneumonia Pneumothorax (collapsed lung) Pulmonary edema Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in an artery in the lung) Pulmonary fibrosis Sleep apnea ...Read more

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Why when i get difficulties breathing or sob, yet my oxygen saturation is 99-98% . How and what could that be. What is the symptom of low oxg saturat

Why when i get  difficulties breathing or sob, yet my oxygen saturation is 99-98% . How and what could that be. What is the symptom of low oxg saturat

Dyspnea: Shortness of breath is largely unrelated to oxygen levels, except when very low. Work of breathing causes dyspnea (shortness of breath) and can occur with normal oxygen levels. When oxygen levels become very low dyspnea can occur. ...Read more

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For the past 2days ,i've been feeling tired ,& now i feel like my breathing very low.What could be the cause?Low Iron ,Or No blood /oxygen?Help Fast.

For the past 2days ,i've been feeling tired ,& now i feel like my breathing very  low.What could be the cause?Low Iron ,Or No blood /oxygen?Help Fast.

Tired and dyspnea: With shortness of breath , feeling tired and heavy bleeding , you definitely have to see your PCP. Your Hemoglobin might be really low hence you might need to be transfused. Go ASAP . If you cannot get an appointment, go to the emergency room so your blood can be checked ...Read more

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She's always pausing then breathing pausing them breathing. She's had low o2 before when she was sick. I have asthma and I think she may have it.

She's always pausing then breathing pausing them breathing. She's had low o2 before when she was sick. I have asthma and I think she may have it.

Breathing: It is that she as something caused mediated wheezing that is brought by colds. If it has in the , and is a family history of asthma, it is likely that she suffers the same. A physician should definitely check her. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose short of air o2 been in the low 90's when coughing i taste snot discomfortpain- in chest when breathing in deep y is this?

Stuffy nose short of air o2 been in the low 90's  when coughing i taste snot discomfortpain- in chest when breathing in deep y is this?

You've got infection: Most likely pneumonia. There are other possibilities as well. Your underlying medical issues of diabetes, severe asthma, GERD, and possibly diabetic neuropathy affecting the GI tract and mobility puts you at very high risk for pneumonia. A chest X-ray is needed, amongst other things. It sounds like you are sick enough to need treatment in the ER. I think you should be evaluated now. Get going ASAP ...Read more

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How can you tell if your getting enough oxygen? Breathing right?

Hypoxia: Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue, shortness of breath, nausea, euphoric feelings. If severe, there would be blue discoloration of skin (cyanosis) & coma. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of dificulty breathing and a normal oxygen level?

What could be the cause of dificulty breathing and a normal oxygen level?

Many: Most people with asthma have normal oxygen level and would be those who hyperventilate. See your doctor to find out. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more