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Signs of Respiratory Disorders

Signs of Respiratory Disorders

  • Discharge from the nose (mucus, pus, or blood, depending on the cause)

  • Coughing that may be dry or may include mucus or blood

  • Rapid breathing while at rest

  • Labored or difficult breathing; shortness of breath

  • Shallow breathing

  • Signs of pain associated with breathing in or out

  • Noise (such as grunting) associated with breathing

  • Head shaking or abnormal carriage of head (low or extended)