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When should you see a doctor about hyperventilation?

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If you aren’t able to get your breathing under control within a few minutes, or if you’re trying to change your breathing patterns and it isn’t working, see a doctor or go to the emergency room right away, especially if you have any pain. Do the same for anyone else who’s hyperventilating.

If this isn’t your first time hyperventilating and the problem gets in the way of your normal activities, you may have hyperventilation syndrome or an anxiety problem. Your doctor or therapist can find a diagnosis and help you manage the problem. Medication may help some people.

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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