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Last updated June 26, 2016 (originally published February 3, 2015)
By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist








Did you know that a normal breathing rate is around eight to
16 breaths per minute for an adult – sounds slow, right? But
what happens when you start breathing much faster – 25 or up
to 40 breaths per minute? Your breathing is rapid and shallow,
you start to feel panicked, and you may experience other
symptoms like
bloating, burping, fainting, dizziness, and
weakness.


Breathing so fast is frightening. What can you do about super-
fast breathing?

What is Fast Breathing?

When your breathing is too fast – and particularly when it is
fast and shallow - your doctor calls this "tachypnea", and it can
be caused by lung disease, anxiety,
heart problems or infection.

At the molecular level, tachypnea happens when too much
carbon dioxide builds up in your lungs and causes an excess of
carbon dioxide in your blood. You begin to breathe, panting
really, in an attempt to get more oxygen into your blood stream.

Hyperventilation describes a state of deep, rapid breathing that
feels out of control and this is normally due to lung disease or
anxiety or panic states.

Causes of Rapid, Shallow Breathing

When you are breathing too fast the condition could be caused
by a number of factors. Medical conditions resulting in fast
breathing include lung and breathing problems like
asthma,
chronic obstructive pulmonary COPD and other chronic lung
diseases, pneumonia, blood clots in the lung, and lung
infections.

Heart failure may result in fast breathing, as can infections.

Fast breathing  also can be brought about by psychological
conditions like panic attacks and anxiety.

Is Breathing So Fast Dangerous?

Generally speaking, rapid and shallow breathing should be
treated as a medical emergency, unless you have experienced it
before and your doctor says you can treat it yourself,
particularly if your symptoms also include skin that looks bluish
or gray, chest pain, fever, or breathing that is getting quicker
and quicker. In these cases, call 911.

However, there are things you can do at home if your
breathing is quick caused by the following medical reasons.

We looked at recent scientific research to find out which
natural remedies work for fast breathing.































1.
Breathing Too Fast Is Caused by Asthma

If you suffer from asthma you find it hard to take a breath, but
you also may find yourself breathing shallowly and rapidly to
try to take in more air.

The herb boswellia has been touted as an asthma relief as it
targets inflammation, a key issue in asthma.

A 1998 study from the Institute of Pharmacy, University of
Tubingen, Germany demonstrated that six weeks of taking
300mg of boswellia, three times a day, reduced the frequency
of asthma attacks and improved breathing.

2.
Simple Things to Stop Hyperventilation Caused by Panic
Attacks

Rapid or deep breathing is called "hyperventilation" and it often
occurs with panic and
anxiety.

Excessive, too-fast breathing results in low levels of carbon
dioxide in the blood, which causes other symptoms like
dizziness and weakness.

When breathing fast through hyperventilation, raise the levels
of carbon dioxide in your blood by relaxing your breathing and
taking in less oxygen – try breathing through pursed lips, or
breathing while covering your mouth and one of your nostrils.

3.
Use a Breathing Technique to Reduce Fast Breathing in Panic
Attacks

A breathing technique called CART - Capnometry-Assisted
Respiratory Training – has proved to be better than cognitive
therapy at reducing fast breathing during panic attacks,
according to a 2010 study from Southern Methodist University
in Dallas.

Using CART, patients learn to breathe in a way that reverses
hyperventilation – more slowly, and also more shallowly. In the
study 41 patients completed either a CART or a cognitive
therapy treatment program for panic disorder, and the CART
treatment actively reversed hyperventilation caused by fast
breathing.

4.  
Use N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) to Improve Breathing in
People with COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other
chronic lung diseases cause rapid, shallow breathing.

COPD is a permanent condition that is most often caused by
smoking, and it includes both emphysema and chronic
bronchitis.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a modified form of the amino acid
cysteine. Regularly using NAC can reduce the severity of
bronchitis attacks and calm the breathing, according to a 2000
study by the Phidalsa Institute for Clinical Investigation, Bern,
Switzerland. The study looked at eight research projects
involving around 1,400 people to come to these conclusions.

5.
Practice Yoga to Stop Breathing so Fast

When you breathe too fast due to anxiety, yoga helps to calm
the breathing and the exercise you get from the program also
helps to relax the mind and body.

Yoga has also been shown to benefit people with chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma, which both
cause fast breathing.

In a 2002 study from the Royal Hospital for Women, NSW,
Australia 59 people with mild asthma were treated with yoga or
a general exercise class. Those in the yoga group showed slight
improvements in breathing.

6.
Take Vitamin A to Treat Fast Breathing in Children

Fast breathing in children is sometimes caused by an infection
in the small air passages of the lungs, called "bronchiolitis".
Vitamin A has been suggested as an aid for treating these kinds
of lower respiratory tract infections in children that can cause
rapid breathing.

However, a 2008 study by Chen H, Zhuo Q, Yuan W, Wang J,
and Wu T found that in the majority of cases Vitamin A did not
reduce the incidence of infection – although in some cases it
was beneficial for malnourished children.


Foods rich in Vitamin A include carrots, beef livers and sweet
potatoes. These foods provide two types of Vitamin A:
preformed Vitamin A, found in animal sources such as liver and
egg yolks and betacarotene, found in plant sources such as
leafy, green vegetables and carrots.

According to the
National Institutes of Health, a sweet potato
with the skin has the highest concentration of Vitamin A
(28,042 IUs per serving) followed by 22,175 IUs in beef liver.  


7.
Bacteria in Your Blood Causes Fast Breathing

Bacteria can get into your sterile blood through a cut, a graze,
surgery, infection, or even having sex.

If you have bacteria in your blood it can cause
sepsis, a
condition created by your immune system responding to the
bacterial infection. With sepsis, blood clotting reduces the flow
of blood to organs and limbs and causes the blood pressure to
drop, resulting in septic shock.

Symptoms of bacteria in the blood include rapid breathing. You
may also experience fever, confusion, chills, and abdominal
pain.

Reports such as a 1996 research study from Brown University
School of Medicine show that raw garlic, which contains sulfur
that rids the body of toxins, is useful for killing bacteria and can
therefore help prevent rapid breathing associated with this
serious condition.


















































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