Breathing problems

Before we begin

Assessment and advice on breathing problems such as breathlessness, a tight chest or wheezing.

Age range

The advice given is suitable for adults and children aged 6 months and over. If your enquiry is for a child under the age of 6 months, call NHS 111 for advice by dialling 111 from any landline or mobile phone free of charge.

Answer all of the questions carefully

The advice provided to you will depend on your answers to the questions.

Using this assessment for another person or a child

If you are using this health and symptom checker on behalf of someone else, the questions will be about them.

Remember that some children have difficulty in describing their symptoms or may show symptoms slightly differently to adults.

If you have breathing problems

Please note, this service is provided for people living in England only. For health advice and information in other parts of the UK please visit: NHS Northern Ireland, NHS 24 (Scotland) or NHS Direct Wales.

Last reviewed: 18/04/2013
Next review due: 18/04/2016

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