Hyperventilation occurs when a person breathes too deep and much faster than normal. It is often the result of fear or anxiety and is more likely to occur in people who are nervous or tense.
People who are hyperventilating say they feel as though they are not getting enough air when they breathe. They will also complain of tingling and numbness to the arms, hands, and legs. A person’s hands and fingers may begin to feel cramped. Hyperventilating patients will NOT have blue lips or skin.
Hyperventilation can be a sign of a more complicated emergency. If normal breathing does not improve or return in a few minutes, then call 911.