What is Wheezing?
Wheezing is a somewhat whistling voice which comes from our lungs and air passage when we breath out (expiration). However, in some severe cases, it is heard during breath in (inspiration). It is usually High pitched, the pitch increases with an increase in symptoms or when left untreated for long. It is an early symptom of diseases. One should soon visit a specialist when found himself/herself indulged in this disorder.
What Causes Wheezing?
As we know that wheezing is start or indication of some other illness. That illness can be a serious one. However, the main reason of wheezing is blockage of the air passage. It means that air finds it challenging to pass through it. It implies that airway is smaller than usual. There can be different reasons behind this blockage and shrinking. Some of them are discussed below.
1-Bronchiolitis is the lung infection affecting young children. This blocks the airways. Usually, it is due to a virus. It may be due to severe cold weather.
2-Allergy is another cause of wheezing. It is also due to allergy i.e insect stinging. Moreover, it can be due to a drug allergy. The allergic reaction can lead to inflammation or swelling of the airway.
3-Lung cancer and heart attack is another reason for this disease. In these cases, it can be the symptoms.
4-Last, but not least asthma, is the most significant cause of asthma. Asthma can be due to allergy or severe weather. In asthma, the airway becomes narrow and swells. Moreover, extra mucus produces, which makes things worse. In Asthma, breathing becomes difficult, coughing starts, and shortness of breath is observed.
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Inspiratory And Expiratory
As we know that wheezing can be inspiratory (when we breathe in) or it can also be expiratory(when we breathe out). Both have their own causes and treatments. At the same time, they are linked with each other too. A person can have both at the same time.
Expiratory wheezing is frequent that is easily heard. It is also common as our airway is usually narrow in this phase. This type of wheezing usually indicates mild blockage of the airway. However, in case of prolonged effects, one should see the doctor immediately.
Inspiratory wheezing is a comparatively rare type of wheezing. Out of two, it is more severe and should be treated more immediately. Moreover, it is less and hard to hear. So when next time you hear someone wheezing when inhales so recommend him to see the doctor. In Asthma, one may face inspiratory type; One should treat inspiratory type as soon as possible as it has hard effects on lungs.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is shortly known as COPD. In this condition, one wheeze while breathing in and out. So we can genuinely say that is COPD. As COPD wheeze is a combination of expiratory and inspiratory wheezing. COPD wheezing occurs when one continuously ignores it, either it is expiratory or inspiratory. COPD should not be overlooked. As the next stage of COPD, It can be heart failure or lung cancer. In COPD at one side airways shrinks and on the other side, mucus is produced more than usual. COPD is treatable by proper treatment and through prevention.
Check our detailed article about COPD: COPD: Stages, Causes, Symptoms And Treatment
Prevention Of Wheezing:
It is always said that prevention is better than treatment. So in wheezing case, it is best to prevent and to see the doctor at the earliest stage. The best way is to avoid cold or too much exposure to cold. Moreover, if you are allergic to something, say it is dust or smoke, then avoid them. In any case, if they are not avoidable, then you should use a mask. Now if it is not curable or preventable through any precautionary measure than you should go for doctor`s visit.
Treatment Of Wheezing:
Now, unfortunately, one faces wheezing, and that wheezing is becoming untreatable with time. So one has to treat it before it turns into a nightmare or something incurable. There is no one medicine, or way to treat wheezing. Every cause of wheezing has different treatments.
- If Asthma is the cause of wheezing then inhaler is the early most solution. Moreover, there are specific pills for asthma patients who should be taken at its earliest.
- If the allergy is the cause of this disorder then first, and foremost solution is to leave the place of allergy. Moreover, anti-allergy tablets or steroid nasal sprays to clear air passage is another triggered solution.
- If it is due to Bronchiolitis then treatment is to remove causes of cold. It can be through antibiotic, keeping the air moist through a humidifier. However, several Doctors recommend precautionary measures over medicines in Bronchiolitis.
Many of us are always in search of some home remedies to treat something. In fact, it is the best solution to find out natural remedies. As their result may be time taking but is always long-lasting and without any harm. So here are some home remedies.
- Use steam
- Sip warm Water
- Moisture the air
Wheezing is just the start of some deadly disease even. So it should not be ignored. Get yourself examined from a specialist and take precautionary measures in advance. More than usual care is required for children who are already the victim of cold.