A symptom and a finding during physical examination, characterized by a high-pitched, whistling sound during breathing. It results from the narrowing or obstruction of the respiratory airways. The most common causes of wheezing are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tracheobronchitis, and pulmonary edema.
Symptoms of Wheezing
The following features are indicative of Wheezing:
- high-pitched whistling sound during breathing
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Common Causes of Wheezing
The following are the most common causes of Wheezing:
- asthma attacks
- lung disease
- congestive heart failure
Risk Factors for Wheezing
The following factors may increase the likelihood of Wheezing:
Prevention of Wheezing
Yes, it may be possible to prevent Wheezing. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
- avoid smoking
- avoid contact to allergens such as dust, paint
Occurrence of Wheezing
Number of Cases
The following are the number of Wheezing cases seen each year worldwide:
- Very common > 10 Million cases
Common Age Group
Wheezing can occur at any age.
Wheezing can occur in any gender.
Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Wheezing
The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Wheezing:
- Pulmonary function test: To diagnose wheezing
- Chest X-ray: To get the images of chest
Doctor for Diagnosis of Wheezing
Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Wheezing:
Complications of Wheezing if untreated
Yes, Wheezing causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Wheezing is left untreated:
Self-care for Wheezing
The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Wheezing:
- Sitting in moist, heated air area
Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Wheezing
The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Wheezing:
- Supplemental oxygen: To treat breathing problem
Last updated date
This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Wheezing.