First Aid Guide – Treating hyperventilation

Hyperventilation or excessive breathing is usually caused by anxiety. It’s commonly experienced after psychological or emotional shock and may go hand-in-hand with a panic attack. If you think somebody may be hyperventilating, you should look out for the following symptoms:

  • Attention-seeking behaviour
  • Unusually fast, deep breathing
  • Feeling faint
  • Dizziness
  • Trembling or tingling in hands and feet

When treating hyperventilation, you need to keep the casualty calm by removing them from the source of the distress and reassuring them. You should speak to them firmly in a reassuring and kind manner, and try to remove them to a quiet place if possible. If this is not possible, you should ask bystanders to move back or leave. Treating hyperventilation is all about helping the person to relax, and you should encourage them to see their doctor about preventing panic attacks in the future.

Do you suffer from hyperventilation?

If you have experienced panic attacks in the past, you may suffer from hyperventilation if you’re involved in an accident or suffer some kind of psychological or emotional trauma. It helps to be aware of your own symptoms and triggers, but you should be able to rely on others to keep you calm if you suffer from hyperventilation in a public place. At the end of the day, there is not a lot that can go wrong from reassuring somebody – a calm disposition and kind reassurance is all that is usually needed to help somebody suffering from hyperventilation to calm down.

Claiming compensation

If you feel that somebody else’s negligence has made your panic attack and hyperventilation worse, you may be able to claim compensation, depending on your situation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline and we should be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. No matter how you have been injured, we can help. Our team has 14 years’ experience in the personal injury industry and we don’t deal in any other area of law. We believe that if you have suffered unnecessarily because of somebody else’s negligence, you should be entitled to compensation. It’s easy to find out how much you could claim by taking the 30-second test on our website, then call us for confidential advice – there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. It’s free to call our helpline and we are open 24/7, so pick up the phone and get in touch with us today.

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