Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Rapid Respiratory Rate Overview

Another name for Rapid Respiratory Rate is Rapid Breathing.

What is rapid breathing?
A person with rapid breathing, or tachypnea, is breathing more rapidly than usual. Rapid breathing is often accompanied by breathing difficulty. The assessment of rapid breathing is based on a person's age.

What are the symptoms of rapid breathing?
Important physical signs that occur with rapid breathing include severe breathing difficulty, wheezing, rib retractions, nasal flaring, cyanosis, and use of accessory muscles.

How does the doctor treat rapid breathing?
Treatment for rapid breathing depends on the underlying cause. Options include oxygen, antibiotics, diuretics, and bronchodilators to reverse wheezing.

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