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Wheezing


Definition:

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound during breathing. It occurs when air moves through narrowed breathing tubes.

Alternative Names:

Sibilant rhonchi

Common Causes:
Home Care:

Always take all of your medications as directed.

Sitting in an area where there is moist, heated air may help relieve some symptoms. This can be done by running a hot shower or using a vaporizer.

Call your health care provider if:

Call your health care provider if:

If wheezing is severe or occurs with severe shortness of breath, you may have to go directly to the nearest emergency department.

References:

Schatz M. Asthma in adolescents and adults. In: Bope ET, Rakel RE, Kellerman R, eds. Conn’s Current Therapy 2012. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2012:section 6.

Szefler SJ. Advances in pediatric asthma in 2009: gaining control of childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010 Jan;125(1):69-78.


Review Date: 5/16/2012
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.

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