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How long can I wait with wheezing to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with wheezing to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

Got albuterol?: If you have asthma and you have a bronchodilator and you take it and it completely relieves wheezing for at least 4 hours then give it a day. Relief more than 2 but less than 4 hours call your md for advice. Relief <2 hours or not complete or you don't have medication? Get help now. ...Read more

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Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more


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I got a sudden deep cough with wheezing and have ashtma. Could this be an ashtma attack? Should I head to ER or wait and see the doctor

I got a sudden deep cough with wheezing and have ashtma. Could this be an ashtma attack? Should I head to ER or wait and see the doctor

Wheezing=asthma: Given a history of asthma, one should consider any wheezing episode as an asthma exacerbation. Albuterol (ProAir, Proventil, (albuterol) Ventolin) should be used as your rescue medication during flare-ups, usually 2 puffs every 4 hours. If wheezing does not stop after first dose Albuterol, an evaluation is warranted. Your doctor should be able to advise you on the next course of action, so call now! ...Read more

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my wheezing?

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my wheezing?

Go to your PCP: Go to your primary care physician. They can asses if your wheezing is due to something they can easily treat and manage for you. If it is something more severe, they can refer you to a specialist. ...Read more

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I've been coughing for 12 days with shortness of breath and wheeziness. When I breathe out, I have an urge to cough from wheezing. Should I see a doc?

I've been coughing for 12 days with shortness of breath and wheeziness. When I breathe out, I have an urge to cough from wheezing. Should I see a doc?

Yes: It sounds like you could have asthma, a mild pneumonia or even something worse. You deserve to have it properly evaluated and treated I'm surprised you have endured this for so long. ...Read more

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I've been wheezing I went too my doctor he put me on some albuterol sulfate and he ask me did my doctor who I see for sleep anep did he gave me a c pep machine I told him no what should I do?

I've been wheezing  I went too my doctor he put me on some albuterol sulfate and he ask me did my doctor who I see for sleep anep did he gave me a c pep machine I told him no what should I do?

Call doctor: If you are wheezing due to asthma, then the albuterol may not be enough treatment. Was asthma diagnosed with lung tests? Any other tests performed? If not, ask for referral to Allergist or Pulmonologist. If testing done, let your doc know the albuterol is not enough. If you are light-headed or dizzy or having trouble catching breath, go to ER. CPAP does not treat asthma. ...Read more

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I have strider, and I am scheduling to see an ENT and pulmonary doc soon. Is there anything I can do tonightto stop the wheezing without an ER visit?

I have strider, and I am scheduling to see an ENT and pulmonary doc soon. Is there anything I can do tonightto stop the wheezing without an ER visit?

GO TO ER: Breathing problems require immediate attention. If you have asthma use your rescue inhalor (albuterol) . If not improving tremendously or if this is a new issue seek care now- do not wait. ...Read more

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I have the flu and am having coughing (unproductive), and wheezing. Can I get an inhaler without seeing a doctor?

I have the flu and am having coughing (unproductive), and wheezing. Can I get an inhaler without seeing a doctor?

Would not suggest: First of all, you can not get an inhaler without a prescription. Secondly, diagnosing and treating yourself without a doctor exam is definitely the wrong thing to do. You can potentially kill yourself if you miss something. May I suggest going to an Urgicare center. It won't be a long wait and you'll get a better diagnosis and proper treatment. Feel better ...Read more

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Is there anything other than lung cancer that can cause a localized wheeze lasting many months and associated mild cough? Seeing a doc soon but worry.

Is there anything other than lung cancer that can cause a localized wheeze lasting many months and associated mild cough? Seeing a doc soon but worry.

Yes: There are several things that cause wheezing and cough. These can include emphysema, bronchi spasm, asthma, infection, allergies, and others. Many lung cancers have no symptoms when they are diagnosed. You are doing the right thing by checking it out. ...Read more

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What can I use for wheezing if I don't have a doctor?

What can I use for wheezing if I don't have a doctor?

A free clinic: The fda has removed all otc medications for asthma so nothing is available without prescription. If you don't have a doctor and can't afford one you should find a local free clinic or seek assistance through government-sponsored programs. I am truly sorry that you are ill and can't afford medical care. ...Read more

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I have a constant slight whistle with exhalation. One doctor said it was wheezing. But the other two said that it is not a wheeze and it is nothing?

I have a constant slight whistle with exhalation. One doctor said it was wheezing. But the other two said that it is not a wheeze and it is nothing?

Location is everythg: "Wheezing" is a very specific thing, from a doc's perspective. It is a sound created when small airways in the lungs become tight & produce a characteristic sound when you breathe. LOTS of things can cause breathing noise, but aren't "wheezing" in the textbook sense. Don't give up!. I suspect you have a slight obstruction in your throat or something. I'd X-ray your throat for starters. God bless! ...Read more

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Last thrus went 2 doc said was bronchotis,got meds,sun went er said it was pnemonuioa got stronger meds. meds gone still wheezing,go to er or rest.

PCP or urgent care: If you are wheezing, the initial infection may have been due to a viral or atypical pneumonia. The latter responds well to Erythromycin or Azithromycin. Viral illnesses are not treated with antibiotics. If you are still wheezing, steroids may be needed and I would recommend follow up, particularly if the wheezing worsens or is not improving. Albuterol should be used every three hours as needed. ...Read more

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What do doctors recommend to alleviate dyspnea/wheezing?

What do doctors recommend to alleviate dyspnea/wheezing?

Depends: It depends on the cause. The list of possibilities is just too long, but a discussion to better define your symptoms and to learn more about your medical history will go a long way towards narrowing the possibilities. Sometimes obtaining relief is as simple as making a lifestyle change. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was prescribed an inhaler by my doctor it seems like my breathing has gotten worse and i start wheezing earlier on in my exercise. Is this normal?

I was prescribed an inhaler by my doctor it seems like my breathing has gotten worse and i start wheezing earlier on in my exercise. Is this normal?

Old addage: "All that wheezes is not asthma". Make sure you trust the diagnosis. Albuterol should help if you have exercise induced asthma. In some cases, responsiveness to albuterol will decrease over time. In these cases, montelukast seems to be a particularly good option (better than in other types of asthma). Keep your physician up to date and thanks for trusting HealthTap. ...Read more

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Had bronchitis for 3 months now, been taking medicine from doctor, but i still have a bad cough and wheezing. Should i go back to doctor?Or worry?

Had bronchitis for 3 months now, been taking medicine from doctor, but i still have a bad cough and wheezing. Should i go back to doctor?Or worry?

Yes & maybe: Average duration of cough illness is 18 days (http://alvinblin.Blogspot.Com/2013/01/average-duration-of-cough-18-days.Html) so 3 months or 90 days is "excessive". More worrisome is wheezing. Cough is often a symptom of silent wheezing. Bottom line, it's time to go back & see your doc. Perhaps you have asthma. Foreign body? Obstruction? Idiopathic pulmonary lung disease? Get pulmonary function test. ...Read more

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Can anxiety-induced wheezing be treated with asthma inhalers? I've had wheezing for months and my doc thinks it's my anxiety, but inhalers works on it

Can anxiety-induced wheezing be treated with asthma inhalers? I've had wheezing for months and my doc thinks it's my anxiety, but inhalers works on it

Of course it can: Bronchospasm- wheezing, tight chest, cough, can have a number of triggers: allergies, windy weather, colds, and anxiety is one of them. Inhalers can be helpful with this condition , no matter what the cause. if it happens frequently you may want to see a pulmonary specialist or allergist to see if there might be other triggers than anxiety ...Read more

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I have had a deep cough for a week now and have Asthma. I'm wheezing should I go to an Er or go to the doctor ?

Depends: If you are running a fever or having problems breathing, you should go to an ER right away. Otherwise, use inhaler if you have one, drink plenty of fluids and get checked at your doctor or Urgent Care tomorrow. Good luck! ...Read more

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