Hyperventilation Treatment

 Call 911 if the person has:

  • Chest pain, including pain that is crushing, squeezing (feels like a heavy weight on the chest), or is sharp and stabbing, especially if it is worse with deep breaths
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Fevers or chills

1. Reassure the Person

  • Calm the person to help reduce anxiety.

2. Help the Person Relax Breathing

3. When to Get Medical Help

Go to a hospital emergency room if:

  • The person's symptoms don't get better after several minutes.
  • Symptoms get worse or the person is in pain.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 27, 2015

Sources

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Children's Center: "Hyperventilation."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Shortness of Breath."

Kaiser Permanente: "Hyperventilation."

University of Michigan: "Hyperventilation."

Hyperventilation Information from eMedicineHealth.

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