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    Using a Paper Bag to Control Hyperventilation

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    Try these steps to control hyperventilation

    • Take 6 to 12 easy, natural breaths, with a small paper bag held over your mouth and nose. Then remove the bag from your nose and mouth and take easy, natural breaths.
    • Next, try belly-breathing (diaphragmatic breathing).
    • Alternate these techniques until your hyperventilation stops.

    If hyperventilation continues for longer than 30 minutes, call your doctor immediately.

    Do not use a paper bag if:

    Follow these precautions when using the bag method:

    • Do not use a plastic bag.
    • Do not breathe continuously into a paper bag. Take 6 to 12 natural breaths, with a paper bag held over your mouth and nose, then remove the bag from your nose and mouth.
    • Do not hold the bag for the person who is hyperventilating. Allow the person to hold the bag over his or her own mouth and nose.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD

    Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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