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Doctor insights on: Tachypnea (Abnormally Rapid Breathing)

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Fast Shallow Breathing (Definition)

For an infant, a normal rate of breathing is up to 44 breaths per minute. Tachypnea is the medical term that your doctor uses to describe your breathing if it is too fast, particularly if you have rapid, shallow breathing due to an associated lung disease ...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?

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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What might be the cause of the rapid breathing and profuse perspiration when I stand a long time?

What might be the cause of the rapid breathing and profuse perspiration when I stand a long time?

Is it very hot?: If you are not out standing in high heat or humidity then that warrants a trip to the doctor. You should be able to stand without sweating and having to breath rapidly. ...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?

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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I was wondering what would cause unexplained rapid breathing during sleep?

I was wondering what would cause unexplained rapid breathing during sleep?

Elivated co2: IF a person obstructs during sleep the co2 will rise and the oxygen level decreases. The brain will be stimulated to change this an you will increase your respiration to increase you oxygen level nd decrease you carbon dioxide level ...Read more

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Does more rapid breathing when hiking at higher altitudes cause you to feel faint?

Yes: Being in high altitude itself can make you lightheaded and winded , regardless of type of activity. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Rapid Breathing (Definition)

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 ...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