One of the easiest ways to treat shortness of breath in any situation is to ice the facial nerve. This reduces the sensation of dyspnea. Fully explaining this treatment is essential to its success. This may indicate that there is some placebo effect at work. — Jan Morgan, ARNP, FAAPM, Bremerton, Wash. (160-7)

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