Whenever your breathing feels like it is being restricted in some way, it's time to talk to a doctor. It may be nothing, but why take that risk? It's likely to be asthma, or even just a slight chest cold. But firstly, someone needs to listen to your lungs with a stethoscope. They'll need to know what they are listening for, so a doctor's visit is for the best.
If your breath sounds are diminished or adventitious, then the doctor may need to run some tests. It might very well just be a slight chest cold, or it could be asthma.
I agree. It's definitely time to seek medical help. You could have something minimal, but you could also have something as fatal as a pulmonary embolism (blood clot in your lungs). Have you recently been on a plane or took a long trip in the car? How sedentary is your lifestyle? Have you had breathing problems before? Do you smoke? Have you recently given birth?
There is a whole list of possible causes. My advice as a seasoned critical care nurse is to go get help SOON. Breathing is imperative to living so don't take your chances!
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