Lung hyperventilation can often be the first sign of asthma and, with proper asthma therapy, is quite reversible. In older individuals with a long history of smoking cigarettes, hyperinflation can be a sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and, in that circumstance, may not be entirely reversible.
If you are a young person less than 50 years old and especially if you are not a smoker, you should be checked for asthma and if you have it, get treated. Arrange for spirometry, a simple breathing test that provides detailed information about how your lungs are working, and then don't worry about hyperinflation that has been mentioned on an x-ray report, if pulmonary function testing is normal.
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