Breathing difficulties can be described in several different ways. You may be short of breath, unable to take a deep breath, gasping for air, or feel like you are not getting enough air.
See also: Choking
Difficulty breathing - first aid; Dyspnea - first aid; Shortness of breath - first aid
If you are having difficulty breathing, it is almost always a medical emergency (other than feeling slightly winded from normal activity like exercise or climbing a hill).
Difficulty breathing has many potential causes. Some of the most common are:
, which can happen if you have emphysema or asthma, but may also happen spontaneously in young, healthy people
, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or heart failure
High altitudes, which can be a problem even in young people
Injury to the ne...
Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
Bad breath is something that may impact up to 50% of us.  While some degree of morning breath or a reaction to eating pungent foods (onions/garlic) is quite common, chronic bad breath is not only embarrassing, but may indicate some underlying health problems that need to be addressed. While conventional over-the-counter (OTC) solutions provide only temporary relief with some potential hazardous side effects, there are a number of natural remedies and practices that can solve the problem permanently. However in order to do so effectively, it’s first important to assess the cause of your bad breath so that you can choose the best treatment protocol. Possible Causes of Bad Breath Dry Mouth Also called xerostomia, symptoms of dry mouth include not having enough saliva to keep the mouth wet, cracking skin around the corners of the mouth, difficulty speaking or swallowing and a chronic sore throat. Xerostomia not only causes bad breath, but can also lead to gum disease and tooth decay....
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