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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Rapid Breathing (Overview)

Rapid breathing is a symptom in which a person's breathing rate is faster than normal. Rapid breathing can be due to fever, lung infections, lung blood clots (pulmonary emboli), drug overdoses that cause acidosis, anxiety, etc


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What could cause rapid breathing, dizziness and cold sweats in you?

What could cause rapid breathing, dizziness and cold sweats in you?

Hard to say.: The symptoms are consistent with what is known as a panic disorder. This is a real phenomenon related to increased secretion of Epinephrine in the brain. You need to rule out anxiety/depression. The latter symptoms are often associated with dizziness and there are neuro-anatomical reasons for these symptoms. See your pmd and have a specific diagnosis and be placed on appropriate medication. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
39 doctors shared insights

Rapid Breathing (Overview)

Rapid breathing is a symptom in which a person's breathing rate is faster than normal. Rapid breathing can be due to fever, lung infections, lung blood clots (pulmonary emboli), drug overdoses that cause acidosis, anxiety, etc


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What does rapid breathing mean when an old person is on his death bed?

What does rapid breathing mean when an old person is on his death bed?

Several reasons.: This is a question for your pmd. A few possibilities are congestive heart failure or terminal pneumonia. If the patient is terminal depending on your philosophy of life, either nothing is done or a specific diagnosis needs to be made and appropriate medical treatment needs to be established. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of shallow breathing?

How can I get rid of shallow breathing?

Exercise: Regular exercise; loss of weight, addressing any pulm parenchymal or pleural pathology like pneumonia or pleural effusion will help expand lungs better and help with shallow breathing. ...Read more

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Does rapid breathing at high altitudes results to respiratory alkalosis?

Does rapid breathing at high altitudes results to respiratory alkalosis?

Yes: Actually, since you're at high altitude the low pressures cause you to breathe faster to get enough oxygen and therefore you're blowing off co2 at a faster rate which results in a respiratory alkalosis. This can be prevented by a medication called Diamox (acetazolamide) and also controlling how high you ascend in a day. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks present in other ways not just the "typical" ones? I don't get rapid breathing etc but all of other things like palps impending doom

Can panic attacks present in other ways not just the "typical" ones? I don't get rapid breathing etc but all of other things like palps impending doom

YES: There are some similarities that occur with panic attacks but you do not have all of the same symptoms. Palpitations and a feeling of impending doom are common features as well. Try relaxation, deep breathing, meditation, yoga and/or see a therapist. ...Read more

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10 minutes old with slight retraction and rapid breathing. Bad sign?

10 minutes old with slight retraction and rapid breathing. Bad sign?

Not necessarily: Just after a baby is born it can be quite common to develop fast breathing due to retained amniotic fluid. If this is the case, the breathing usually improves in the 1st 24 hours. However, there are many other causes of this that would be explored if it persists past 24 hours, or is associated with oxygen desaturation and distress. ...Read more

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What does rapid breathing mean when an old person is on his death bed?

Several reasons.: This is a question for your pmd. A few possibilities are congestive heart failure or terminal pneumonia. If the patient is terminal depending on your philosophy of life, either nothing is done or a specific diagnosis needs to be made and appropriate medical treatment needs to be established. ...Read more

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Acidosis related to rapid breathing?

Acidosis related to rapid breathing?

No: Rapid breathing causes a respiratory alkalosis, not acidosis. Patients with a metabolic acidosis may try to compensate with rapid breathing. ...Read more

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Is rapid breathing normal for a 6 month old?

Define rapid: The average 6mo will usually breathe at rates from 24-38 BPM , higher than the rate for older kids or adults. Thelower end at rest & higher with activity.Fever will add 5 bpm/degree on average. If a kid is visably working to breathe s/he has generally doubled her/his rate & this is abnormal. ...Read more

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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