Information about Wheezing
We Have to Know about the Wheezing
- Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound during breathing. It occurs when air flows through narrowed breathing tubes.
Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions
Causes of Wheezing
- Wheezing is a sign that a person may be having breathing problems. The sound of wheezing is most obvious when exhaling (breathing out), but may be heard when taking a breath (inhaling).
- Wheezing most often comes from the small bronchial tubes (breathing tubes deep in the chest), but it may be due to a blockage in larger airways or in those with certain vocal cord problems.
Do’s and Don’ts – Wheezing
- Take all of your medications, especially respiratory inhalers, as directed.
Signs & Symptoms of Wheezing
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Viral infection, especially in infants younger than 2 years old
- Emphysema (COPD), especially when a respiratory infection is present
- Insect sting which causes an allergic reaction
- Medications (particularly aspirin)
- Breathing a foreign object into the lungs
- Heart failure (cardiac asthma)
Medical advice for Wheezing
- Wheezing is occurring for the first time
- Wheezing is associated with significant shortness of breath, bluish skin color, or mental status changes
- Wheezing is caused by an allergic reaction to a bite or medication
Risk factors of Wheezing
Treatment for Wheezing
- Medicines have to be given by IV (intravenous line)
- Supplemental oxygen may be required
Self-care for Wheezing
- Sitting in an area where it is moist, heated air may help relieve some symptoms. This can be done running a hot shower or by using a vaporizer.
Investigations for Wheezing
- Chest x-ray
- Pulmonary function tests
- Blood studies, possibly including arterial blood gases