Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome Overview
What is adult respiratory distress syndrome?
A person with adult respiratory distress syndrome has severe damage to the lungs that causes fluid to build up in the lung tissue. The fluid prevents the lungs from transferring oxygen into the bloodstream.
What are the symptoms of adult respiratory distress syndrome?
The most common symptoms of adult respiratory distress syndrome are cough, worsening shortness of breath, and rapid breathing. During each breath, the nostrils may open widely, and the ribs and neck muscles become more visible beneath the skin. Low oxygen levels in the bloodstream may cause the lips or nailbeds to turn blue.
How does the doctor treat adult respiratory distress syndrome?
Treatment for adult respiratory distress syndrome includes oxygen therapy, antibiotics, corticosteroid medications, and mechanical ventilation.
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