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How is hyperventilation treated?

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You may be able to stop yourself from hyperventilating if you focus on taking controlled breaths. Here are two ways:

  • Purse your lips. Put your lips into same position that you’d use to blow out birthday candles. Breathe in slowly through your nose, not your mouth. Then, breathe out slowly through the small opening between your lips.
  • Limit your airflow. Keep your mouth closed, and press one nostril closed with your finger. Breathe in and out through the open nostril. You can switch nostrils if you like.

From: What Is Hyperventilation? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Hyperventilation.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Shortness of breath.”

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma treatment: Do complementary and alternative approaches work?”

Nemours Foundation: “Fainting.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Dizziness and motion sickness.” National Jewish Health: “Minimizing shortness of breath.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 07, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Hyperventilation.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Shortness of breath.”

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma treatment: Do complementary and alternative approaches work?”

Nemours Foundation: “Fainting.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Dizziness and motion sickness.” National Jewish Health: “Minimizing shortness of breath.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 07, 2018

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