Respiratory Alkalosis

Respiratory Alkalosis Symptoms:

The symptoms of respiratory alkalosis are different from those of other medical conditions. They include:

Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)

Difficult or difficultly to breathe out air (shortness of breath) and/or chest pain (painful cough) when exercising or doing physical activities like driving a car, working, etc.

Trouble swallowing

Sneezing up to several times a day (wheeze)

Feeling faint easily (fainting) after exercise or strenuous activity. You may feel dizzy, nauseous, have diarrhea, vomit blood or other fluids, or even pass out due to shortness of breath.

These symptoms are not only caused by the condition itself but also by the factors that cause it. For example, smoking cigarettes increases your risk of developing respiratory alkalosis.

Smoking causes inflammation in your lungs which results in damage to them. If you smoke, then you will develop bronchitis and other lung diseases later on. Also, if you suffer from asthma or allergies, then you may experience problems with breathing too.

Respiratory Alkalosis Treatment:

There are several factors that can cause respiratory alkalosis. If you know what the root of the problem is, then you can solve it and eventually treat your respiratory alkalosis.

If the condition is due to a lung disease, like asthma or lung cancer, then treating the disease itself with medications may help in treating your respiratory alkalosis. If the condition is due to something non-medical, then taking steps to remove that particular cause may improve your respiratory alkalosis. For example, if you notice that your respiratory alkalosis is due to emotional stress (anxiety), then you can take steps to lower your stress levels, such as going for a walk in the park, spending time with friends and family, or even doing certain breathing exercises that will help you relax. If the condition is due to a muscle problem, like tetany, then your doctor may recommend that you undergo physical therapy. In some cases, respiratory alkalosis can be caused by something as minor as dry mouth or even poor posture. In these cases, the easy steps to take to treat your respiratory alkalosis are to fix the underlying problem. Your doctor may also provide you with some medications to help relieve your symptoms of respiratory alkalosis.

Most importantly make sure that you don’t smoke or expose yourself to second hand smoke. You can also try not to be exposed to irritants like fumes or dust.

Avoid going out in the sun excessively and using air-conditioning excessively as both extremes can dry up your lungs and cause respiratory alkalosis as well.

You should also make sure to do some respiratory alkalosis treatment every now and then even after you’ve gotten rid of the medical condition that is causing your respiratory alkalosis. This is because if you stop treating the problem, then the medical condition that was causing your respiratory alkalosis may come back causing the condition again.

And lastly, if you experience any of these symptoms (or any other medical condition for that matter), then you should see your doctor immediately. Don’t try to diagnose yourself over the internet.

Take care!

Sources & references used in this article:

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