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Doctor insights on: Difficulty Catching Breath Hyperventilation

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I have difficulty catching breath. Could this be due to hyperventilation?

I have difficulty catching breath. Could this be due to hyperventilation?

Not really: Hyperventilation is the normal reaction by the body to a situation where increased minute ventilation (both rate and depth of breathing) is required, such as exercise. If one hyperventilates while at rest, it can indicate either pulmonary disease, heart disease, central nervous system disorder, anemia, or anxiety. All of these situations should be evaluated by a physician or other provider. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Davant
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Hyperventilation (Definition)

Hyperventilation is a clinical finding in which a person breathes at a faster rate than is normal. This can occur due to breathing conditions, ...Read more


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Can allergy casue hyperventilation? I allergic to mold especially worse in rainny day and humid environments. I feel a difficulty to breath.

Can allergy casue hyperventilation? I allergic to mold especially worse in rainny day and humid environments. I feel a difficulty to breath.

Possibly : Allergy per se does not cause hyperventilation which however may occur when there is an upper or lower airway obstruction for some people. You should consult an allergist re. Your mold allergies especially if there is a water issue in your home. You need to fix the water issue or move out of the place since even more serious health issues may occur otherwise. ...Read more

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Can chronic hyperventilation syndrome cause false positives in hydrogen breath tests?

Seems so: So, be sure to advise the providers doing and interpreting the test of this condition. They might do a different test or prevent the hyperventilation in some way or whatever. It would be a good idea to find a way to stop that breathing pattern for many reasons - ask about it. Best! ...Read more

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What can cause you to start breathing after holding your breath after hyperventilation?

What can cause you to start breathing after holding your breath after hyperventilation?

Love to Life: It is an involuntary reflex. As long as we are alive and healthy our body maintain active all functions. ...Read more

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How hard is it to reverse chronic hyperventilation syndrome? I can't hold my breath for more than 5 seconds. I just can't stop overbreathing...

Hyperventilation: Causes co2 to go down, may actually not affect o2 much but it causes respiratory alkalosis, then the kidney will compensate. To bring co2 up, it would be useless to ask a person to hold their breaths, that is the problem in the first place, you should try frequent rebreathing through a paper bag to allow co2 to rise. The only other way would be to give bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) or acetate as source of co2. ...Read more

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I usaully get hyperventilation &pass out but yest.I couldn't breath at all passed out &was given o2 &became better , all tests neg no useful answers!?

Anxiety: Being that all your tests were negative and you describe hyperventilation and sometimes breath holding could be indicative of anxiety triggering episodes. A further evaluation with your primary care physician when these episodes occur could be revealing. ...Read more

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When I have an onset of chest pain and dyspnea I try to take rapid deap breaths and things get worse. Is hyperventilation cause or result of it?

When I have an onset of chest pain and dyspnea I try to take rapid deap breaths and things get worse. Is hyperventilation cause or result of it?

Depends: Chest pain can make you feel anxious and breathe faster. Having anxiety and breathing faster can cause chest pain. The best suggestion is to be examined by your doctor for a more complete history and exam to give you the best answer. Good luck ...Read more

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Short of breath, chest got tight, hands, fingers and mouth/face tingled and tightened. Paramedics said hyperventilation. What to do next?

Paper bag: To reverse hyperventilation rapidly, breathe into a paper bags (not plastic), making a tight seal around your mouth and nose. The idea is to re-breathe some of your own breath. Do this for 2-3 minutes and you should start to feel better. Continue if necessary, but not for more than 10 minutes at a time. ...Read more

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I don't have racing heart or hyperventilation during my panic attacks. Only uncomfy chest, pvcs, dizzy & short of breath. Cardiac r/o. Possible?

I don't have racing heart or hyperventilation during my panic attacks. Only uncomfy chest, pvcs, dizzy & short of breath. Cardiac r/o. Possible?

Panic can be unique: First, i hope an actual medical condition has been ruled out through history/testing/labs. Second, your symptoms sure sound like panic attacks so consider using Klonopin instead of xanax which will be harder to stop. Paxil (paroxetine) works best when combined with therapy like cbt to help you feel less anxious. ...Read more