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Wheezing

WheezingWheezing can be an alarming and distressing symptom, especially when it occurs in a young child or person with severe respiratory conditions. In most instances wheezing is not serious unless it is associated with severe health conditions, including asthma, or is part of an anaphylaxis shock.

FAQ about wheezing:

What is wheezing?
What causes wheezing?
How should wheezing be treated?
Is medical attention required for wheezing?
How can I prevent an attack of wheezing?

 

What is wheezing?

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Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound that is caused by air being forced through narrowed airways in the lungs. It is most obvious when the person is breathing out, but it is also sometimes heard on inhalation as well.

What causes wheezing?

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Wheezing is a symptom of many conditions which range in severity and include:

  • Asthma
  • Severe allergic reaction / anaphylaxis
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Pneumonia
  • Smoking related illnesses
  • Viral infection (especially common in children under the age of 2)
  • Medications, including aspirin, can also cause wheezing


Babies and young children often wheeze, especially if they have a cold or chest infection. This does not necessarily mean the baby has asthma although the wheezing may be treated with asthma drugs.

How should wheezing be treated?

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If your breathing or chest is wheezing you should slow down and rest as much as possible. Make sure you are taking all your medication as directed, particularly if the wheezing is caused by lung disease being treated with medication. Wheezing may possibly be relieved by inhaling moist, heated air such as in a steam room, hot shower or by using a vaporiser.

Is medical attention required for wheezing?

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Wheezing can be serious and you should seek medical attention if:

  • This is the first attack of wheezing
  • Wheezing occurs with shortness of breath, bluish skin or confusion
  • Attacks of wheezing remain unexplained
  • The wheezing is part of a severe allergic response to an allergen like a bee sting or medication

How can I prevent an attack of wheezing?

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If your wheezing is due to asthma, then it occurs because of narrowed airways resulting from the immune response to allergen exposure. Therefore, you may be able to prevent an attack by reducing the allergens in your surroundings. Common allergens which can produce wheezing include:


Therefore, there are various measures you could take to improve indoor air quality and possibly decrease wheezing:

  • Regular damp dusting, and keeping clutter down, can reduce house dust mite and its droppings
  • Replacing carpet with hard flooring would also help reduce house dust mites
  • If you cannot or do not wish to replace your carpet try to use a HEPA hoover
  • Always open windows when you have been showering, bathing or cooking to prevent mould spores through dampness and condensation
  • Wash your clothes using an allergen wash laundry detergent
  • If exposure to pollen seems to cause wheezing, then try an antihistamine medication
  • Remove pollen grains from clothing and hair by showering and getting changed when you come in from outdoors
  • Use of an air purifier indoors, particularly in a child's bedroom


Research has shown that where a HEPA air purifier is used, childhood asthma and wheezing tends to improve. When it comes to outdoor pollutants that cause wheezing, it is harder to control exposure, but checking daily pollutant and pollen levels can help you to plan your activities.

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