- During expiratory wheezing, the whistling sound is made when exhaling. This type of wheezing may be present with other symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath. Expiratory wheezing is likely to indicate respiratory disease. Examples include asthma, COPD and pneumonia.
- Wheezing on exertion occurs during strenuous activities. It can be the result of pulmonary heart disease. In pulmonary heart disease, there is decreased blood flow to the lungs, causing difficulty breathing. Wheezing on exertion can also be caused by exercise-induced asthma. Individuals suffering from exercise-induced asthma are often symptom free when at rest.
- Exposure to allergens (food, pollen, and other substances, that cause a person to have an allergic reaction).
- Breathing a foreign object into the lungs.
- Emphysema (COPD), especially when a respiratory infection is present.
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Heart failure (cardiac asthma).
- Insect sting that causes an allergic reaction.
- Viral infection, especially in infants younger than age 2.
- A fast-acting bronchodilator inhaler.
- An inhaled corticosteroid.
- A long-acting bronchodilator.
- An asthma controller pill to reduce airway inflammation.
- A non-sedating antihistamine pill (such as loratadine), or a prescription nasal spray if you have nasal allergies.
- A bronchodilator (such as albuterol or salbutamol) to help ease the wheezing as the infection clears.
- An antibiotic if you have an underlying lung problem.
- Generally, any mild wheezing that accompanies acute bronchitis disappears when the infection does.
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