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Hyperventilation

Hyperventilation

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome, you should get urgent medical attention to test yourself for serious causes of over breathing.

You should get urgent medical attention if you are experiencing signs and symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome because more serious causes of over breathing might be present.

Self-Care at Home

If you have signs and symptoms of hyperventilation syndrome, you should go to a hospital's emergency department to make sure you're not having other, more worrisome, causes of these symptoms. In other words, home care for hyperventilation syndrome is only for people who have been told by their doctors that they have hyperventilation syndrome.

  • If you have been diagnosed with hyperventilation syndrome, you may briefly try certain breathing and relaxation exercise that your doctor has already taught you. This may work to stop an attack.
  • Breathing into a paper bag is no longer recommended.
Outlook

With good training, you may use stress-reduction techniques, breathing exercise, and certain medications to reduce the number and severity of the hyperventilation attacks. In addition, therapy for any anxiety  problems should help reduce the number of attacks and their severity.

Hyperventilation syndrome is an area of medicine under current study. Hyperventilation research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that predispose some people to this syndrome as well as its relationship to related disorders.

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