What is dyspnea and how can you treat it? What is dyspnea and how can you treat it?

What is dyspnea and how can you treat it?

Special 13 September, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

According to the organization Allina Health, dyspnea is a condition that makes it difficult to breathe properly. It is a feeling of breathlessness that can occur when the person is resting, exercising or doing another type of everyday movement.

The website Medline Plus lists a series of factors that can cause dyspnea, which can range from lung and breathing problems to heart conditions:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease  (COPD), such as chronic bronchitis.
  • High blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs.
  • Swelling in the area around the vocal cords.
  • Swelling in the tissue that lines the trachea.
  • Stress, anxiety and contaminants in the environment can also cause dyspnea.

The Oncohealth Institute offers the following recommendations to manage symptoms: Use “…special comfortable chairs and particular standing positions when you feel short of breath. You may wish to try controlled-breathing exercises…this technique uses the diaphragm and muscles located below the chest instead of the muscles of the upper chest… making for slower and deeper breaths…Another method involves using a small hand-held fan to reduce your dyspnea. Some dyspnea patients use these fans to blow cool air toward the nose and mouth. Another measure that may help is to sit by an open window.”

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