Hyperventilation

As a specialist in chest diseases for the last 20 plus years, I have been treating patients suffering from hyperventilation with credible success.

You hyperventilate when you suddenly start to breathe rapidly or deeply due to panic or anxiety attacks. In hyperventilation, the amount of carbon dioxide in your blood fall. Low carbon dioxide causes chemical changes in your nervous system. This results in unnatural feelings and you may feel ill even when you are not.

Symptoms of Acute Hyperventilation

Acute hyperventilation, during an anxiety attack, causes:

  • Giddiness
  • Gasping
  • Pins-and-needles in the fingers.
Symptoms of Chronic Hyperventilation

Diagnosis of Chronic hyperventilation is more difficult. The indications are not as typical as acute hyperventilation. The body balances the chemical changes. If you have underlying medical issues, then that may also make diagnosis difficult. Symptoms of this generally occur when you are resting and when talking, and not during exercise. This is in contrast with other types of heart or lung diseases. This may make you feel:

  • Dizzy
  • Breathless
  • Have trouble taking deep breath
  • Chest pain.
Treatment of Acute and Chronic Hyperventilation

I prefer not to prescribe medicines to treat acute hyperventilation. It is better to learn soothing relaxation methods, and to breathe in and out of a bag. This maintains the carbon dioxide levels.

I ensure that my patients suffering from chronic hyperventilation understand that this particular lung condition is benign, though the intensity can be alarming. I identify and arrest the cause for anxiety, stress or depression.

I may recommend you for special sessions with a qualified physiotherapist to teach you gentle breathing exercises.

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