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Respiratory Alkalosis

Iris Ma

What is Respiratory Alkalosis?

Respiratory alkalosis is a condition marked by a low level of carbon dioxide in the blood due to breathing excessively.Your body needs oxygen to function properly. When you inhale, you introduce oxygen into the lungs. When you exhale, you release carbon dioxide, which is a waste product. Normally, the respiratory system keeps these two gases in balance.

Respiratory alkalosis occurs when high levels of carbon dioxide disrupt the blood's acid-base balance.

It often occurs in people who experience rapid, uncontrollable breathing, include anxiety, heart attack, pain, drug use, asthma, fever, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,infection,pulmonary and embolism.

How to deal with it ?



The following strategies and tips are useful for respiratory alkalosis caused by over-breathing due to panic and anxiety.First, breathe into a paper bag: fill the paper bag with carbon dioxide by exhaling it. Breathe the exhaled air from the bag back into the lungs. Repeat this several times. Doing this several times can give the body the carbon dioxide it needs and bring levels back up to where they should be. Second, get reassurance: the symptoms of respiratory alkalosis can be frightening. This often causes faster and deeper breathing, making things worse. Having a calm loved one provide reassurance could help get your breathing under control. The final one, restrict oxygen intake into the lungs. to do this, try breathing while pursing the lips or breathing through one nostril. The mouth and the other nostril need to be covered for the second approach to be useful.

Anyone experiencing over breathing and the symptoms of respiratory alkalosis for the first time should go to the hospital right away. The strategies described in the previous section should only be used if a doctor has confirmed the exact cause of over breathing. To be useful, the mouth and the other nostril need to be covered.

Over breathing symptoms are very similar to the symptoms of other serious health conditions, therefore anyone who is experiencing over breathing and the symptoms of respiratory alkalosis for the first time should go to the hospital right away. The strategies described in the previous section should only be used if a doctor has confirmed the exact cause of over breathing.

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