Shortness of Breath and Fever

Chest | Pulmonology | Shortness of Breath and Fever (Symptom)


Shortness of breath which feels more severe than when it is caused by a stuffy nose or vigorous physical activity could signal an underlying health problem. It can be accompanied by fever. Feeling breathless when lying down also is a symptom that needs to be evaluated promptly.


Causes for shortness of breath and fever may include: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, a blood clot in the lung (pulmonary embolism), as well as other heart and lung problems.

Difficulty breathing can also occur with panic attacks — episodes of intense anxiety that can cause rapid heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath and other physical symptoms. ...