- Take 6 to 12 breaths at an easy, natural pace.
- Hold a small paper bag over your mouth and nose as you breathe.
- This is also effective when done before belly breathing or alternating between the two until the rate of breathing is sufficiently slowed.
Keep in mind that this method must not be used if you have heart or lung problems. Using this in high altitudes could make the air volume lower than expected, so that should not be done either. Plastic bags are not suitable substitutes to paper bags since they restrict air exchange. If necessary, make sure to remove the plastic bag from your mouth and nose in between breaths.
When Should I Go to the Doctor?
If it is your first time experiencing hyperventilation or rapid breathing and you are not diagnosed with anything that may cause it, this is considered a medical emergency. You must head to hospital or seek medical attention as soon as possible. The same goes for when you are experiencing pain, suffering from a fever, or are profusely bleeding.
If home remedies like belly breathing make the hyperventilation worse instead of better, it is also necessary that you go to the hospital. In general, unrelated symptoms or unknown causes need medical attention.
Hyperventilation is caused by panic but this does not mean that when the situation calls for it, we also respond with panic. This is why learning hyperventilation first aid is beneficial. As long as we know what to do and how to do it, we can help ourselves and the people around us to recover quickly.
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