It is good to know, even if we are not medical professionals, what the signs of respiratory distress are so we could do the most appropriate intervention. For non-medical-related individuals, they can send or seek consult immediately if they see their friends or relatives in respiratory distress.
So, here are the signs of respiratory distress.
- Increase breathing. When a person is trying to compensate the low oxygen in the body, one can notice an increase breathing rate of that person.
- Nasal flaring. Once a person is trying to breathe faster than normal, one can notice flaring of the nose or the opening wider of the nose while breathing.
- Wheezing. There will be a whistling sound heard while the patient breathes.
- Grunting. As the person tries to breathe faster, one can hear sound every time the patient exhales.
- Retractions. If you try to check the chest area of the patient while breathing, you may notice depression of the chest while breathing.
- Cyanosis. Due to the decrease of oxygen level in the body, the patient looks pale, or even bluish in color or cyanotic.
- Sweating. The patient’s head sweats but due to decrease in oxygen in the body, the skin is cold.