Wheezing is a high-pitched whistle sound that happens when you breathe and is common in people with asthma. The wheeze occurs during a period of exacerbation, or an asthma attack. Wheezing tends to be associated with painful breathing. Other symptoms may include: coughing, chills, fever, hives, and difficulty speaking.
There are a variety of triggers that are associated with wheezing. In some cases, an allergic reaction can lead to the airways tightening which causes wheezing. Irritants in the air, such as air pollution or smoke, can also lead to wheezing. Wheezing, as a side effect of asthma, can occur when the airways are inflamed.
If you wheeze frequently, steps must be taken to improve your breathing. To control your wheezing, it is important to use your inhaler as prescribed and have that written out in an asthma action plan. Ask your physician what steps he/she recommends when an attack happens. Your physician will want to know how often you wheeze, if there are any other breathing symptoms that you have noticed, and if you are exposed to any irritants (such as smoke or chemicals). Your physician will also begin treatment with inhaled corticosteroids, even in young children.
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