Hyperventilation is most often caused by stress, anxiety, pain, or
fear. Symptoms of hyperventilation usually last 20 to 30 minutes and may
Feeling anxious, nervous, or
Frequent sighing or yawning.
Feeling that you
can't get enough air (air hunger) or that you need to sit up to
A pounding and racing heartbeat.
Numbness or tingling in the
hands, feet, or around the mouth.
Chest tightness, fullness,
pressure, tenderness, or pain.
changes, such as blurred vision or tunnel vision.
concentration or memory.
Loss of consciousness (fainting).
Treatment for hyperventilation depends on the cause. Home treatment
is usually all that is needed for mild hyperventilation symptoms. Medical
treatment may be needed for hyperventilation symptoms that are moderate to
severe, last for long periods of time, or recur. A health professional can help
you develop a strategy for controlling your symptoms or treat the cause of your
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