When to Call Your Doctor
- If it is an emergency call 911
- If you are having any signs or symptoms of a respiratory flare-up:
- Increased shortness of breath
- Not feeling well, your usual daily activities may be more tiring and require more physical effort.
- Increased amount of mucus. It may also be thicker and greenish in color.
- Increased need for lung medication
- Recent viral or bacterial infection
- Exposure to high pollution levels
- Exposure to irritants; chemicals, smoke, dust, etc.
- For further information see Flare-ups
- If you, or others, see changes in your “normal” breathing: slow, shallow, rapid, difficult, and/or irregular breathing.
- Unusual and/or frequent headaches
- You, or others, see a blue tint to your lips or fingernails
- Increased drowsiness
- Onset of confusion
- Increased level of restlessness
- Unexplained anxiousness and/or anxiety
American Association for Respiratory Care
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