Symptom Guide

Symptom Guide

Allergic reactions can affect different areas of the body but are most likely to appear on the skin, in the tummy area and the respiratory tract. Please browse the symptom guide if you are looking for detailed explanations and pictures to each condition possibly caused by food allergy.

Symptom Guide » Respiratory » Severe breathing problems

Severe breathing problems


Breathing problems or breathlessness is the inability to take in the oxygen the body needs.

Sometimes mild breathing problems are from a stuffy nose or hard exercise. But shortness of breath can also be a sign of a serious disease. Lung conditions can be the reason for breathing difficulties such as asthma, emphysema or pneumonia.

Heart disease can cause breathlessness if the heart cannot pump enough blood to supply oxygen to the body.

Stress caused by anxiety can also make it hard to breathe.

If your child often has trouble breathing, it is important to find out the cause.  In this case a pulmonologist might help you.

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  • Janelle 2011-11-04

    Surprisingly well-written and informative for a free oninle article.

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