Chapter 3: Symptoms and health concerns

Shortness of breath – What can help

If shortness of breath is causing great distress, it's important to treat the feeling of being hungry for air. Then the healthcare provider may want to search for the cause of the problem. Sometimes the cause is not treated for several reasons. Treatment may not be possible, or testing and treatments might be too difficult on the person who has shortness of breath.

Even if the cause is not treated, there are several ways to treat this symptom in palliative care. The main treatments are medications, oxygen, and lifestyle changes. Click below for some things healthcare providers and families can do to help.

What the healthcare provider can do

What families can do

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