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What are treatments for breathlessness caused by anxiety?

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When you’re stressed or worried, the muscles that help you breathe tighten. This makes you breathe faster than normal. Try to stay calm. Sit or lie down and relax your shoulders as much as you can. Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, and out through pursed lips (like you’re blowing out a candle) for 8 seconds. This can help bring your breath back to normal.

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Shortness of Breath (dyspnea)(Beyond the Basics).”

NHS: “Shortness of breath,” Patient Information: Pneumonia in Adults: Beyond the Basics.”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Is Iron-Deficiency Anemia?”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Asthma,” “Allergens and Allergic Asthma,” “Asthma Treatment.”

American College of Cardiology: “Breathing Problems: How To Control Stress.”

McKechnie, B. , Feb. 11, 1994. Dynamic Chiropractic

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumonia,” “Pulmonary Embolism,” Myasthenia Gravis.”

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America: “What Is Myasthenia Gravis?”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Pleural Effusion.”

CDC: “Parasites—Hookworm.”

Saint Luke’s Health System: “Understanding Hookworm.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 12, 2018

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Shortness of Breath (dyspnea)(Beyond the Basics).”

NHS: “Shortness of breath,” Patient Information: Pneumonia in Adults: Beyond the Basics.”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Is Iron-Deficiency Anemia?”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “Asthma,” “Allergens and Allergic Asthma,” “Asthma Treatment.”

American College of Cardiology: “Breathing Problems: How To Control Stress.”

McKechnie, B. , Feb. 11, 1994. Dynamic Chiropractic

Mayo Clinic: “Pneumonia,” “Pulmonary Embolism,” Myasthenia Gravis.”

Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America: “What Is Myasthenia Gravis?”

Canadian Cancer Society: “Pleural Effusion.”

CDC: “Parasites—Hookworm.”

Saint Luke’s Health System: “Understanding Hookworm.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 12, 2018

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