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I have a wheeze when exhaling that won't go with inhalers. Peak flow is still normal, is this worrying? It's only a slight wheeze at the end of breath

I have a wheeze when exhaling that won't go with inhalers. Peak flow is still normal, is this worrying? It's only a slight wheeze at the end of breath

Don't panic: It is most likely just a little residual pulmonary inflammation...It could be due to an environmental allergen. ..Like smoking, or being in or near a smoking area.
Best advice is to go see your family doc for a check-up...Especially if it is bothering you... ...Read more

Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...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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Can post nasal drip cause a slight wheeze/whistle at the end of exhale from drainage? I've never been diagnosed with asthma. Could it be post nasal?

Can post nasal drip cause a slight wheeze/whistle at the end of exhale from drainage? I've never been diagnosed with asthma. Could it be post nasal?

Yes: A mucous plug from postnasal drip can cause slight obstruction to the airway leading to wheeze/whistle. However this would be intermittent, and not constant as it would be in asthma.Once you cleared the obstruction then there should not be a wheeze/whistle ...Read more

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42yof. Slight pneumonia.2 antibiotics + inhaler for 5 days now (5 more to go). Feel same. Still hear wheeze on deep inhale and crackly deep exhale. Ok?

42yof. Slight pneumonia.2 antibiotics + inhaler for 5 days now (5 more to go). Feel same. Still hear wheeze on deep inhale and crackly deep exhale. Ok?

Go to the ER: If you re feeling the same after 5 days of antibiotics for pneumonia a recheck at the Emergency Room is warranted. Please head there now or call 911 ...Read more

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Slight pneumonia. No fever, feel fine just still have slight wheeze on deep inhale and crackly deep exhale after 5 days on antibiotics. Normal?

Slight pneumonia. No fever, feel fine just still have slight wheeze on deep inhale and crackly deep exhale after 5 days on antibiotics. Normal?

Go to the ER: Even if you don't have a fever and if you re feeling the same after 5 days of antibiotics for pneumonia a recheck at the Emergency Room is warranted. Please head there now or call 911 ...Read more

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I have this wheezing sound and a slight tickling in my throat when I exhale, doctor listened to my lungs and said everything sounds normal?

I have this wheezing sound and a slight tickling in my throat when I exhale, doctor listened to my lungs and said everything sounds normal?

Upper airway sounds: Congestion in the upper airway, such as from allergies, could produce a whistling sound that mimics a wheeze. The tickle in the throat could be evidence of allergies as well. ...Read more

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Is some wheezing on exhale normal?

Is some wheezing on exhale normal?

Not normal: Wheezing is the sound made when air flow is forced through narrowed airways. Wheezing is a common symptom of asthma (small airways in the lungs). Wheezing can also come from narrowing with turbulent air flow through any other part of the airway. It is best to have wheezing evaluated even if it is mild. ...Read more

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I find myself wheezing when I exhale fast, what's going on?

Airway obstruction: Wheezing is the musical sound created when air is rushing through a narrowed airway. When wheezing occurs on expiration, this is a very common symptom of asthma or copd. This may be accompanied by cough, shortness of breath or chest tightness if it is asthma. Less common causes of wheezing that are serious are heart failure, foreign body or tumors in the airway. ...Read more

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I only wheeze when I exhale. Is that normal?

Yes and no: It is typical that wheezes are heard only with exhalation. It is not normal to wheeze. ...Read more

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I noticed that I only wheeze when exhaling. Is that normal?

Yes: Wheezing is not normal, but wheezing is by definition a noise made on exhaling only. It is caused by turbulence of airflow coming back out of narrow bronchial tubes. ...Read more

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I have a wheeze at the end of a complete exhale?? What causes this? I've had it for many years.

If you have: Asthma you might wheeze as you exhale. It is like a spasm of your breathing tree in your lungs, the airways. As they spasm they closed own and the space for the air to exit narrows and you hear the noise as the wheeze. If you take medicine to relax the spasm in the airway the space opens and the wheeze and noise goes away ...Read more

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It it normal to have a bit of a wheeze when you forcefully exhale rapidly? Or is this a symptom of asthma?

It it normal to have a bit of a wheeze when you forcefully exhale rapidly? Or is this a symptom of asthma?

It is not normal: It is not normal to wheeze when you forcefully exhale. It could be asthma or another condition such as heart condition. ...Read more

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What should I do if I'm consistently wheezing when I exhale? I've been working around pet dander for over 1 month.

What should I do if I'm consistently wheezing when I exhale? I've been working around pet dander for over 1 month.

Get an inhaler: It sounds like you are having bronchospasm from being exposed to animal dander. An inhaler taken prior to work should be able to stop the wheezing. Your physician can easily prescribe this for you. ...Read more

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Every time my pro air hfa inhaler gets weaker, I get a little wheeze that you can only hear when I'm in a quiet room (end of exhale).Why?

Every time my pro air hfa inhaler gets weaker, I get a little wheeze that you can only hear when I'm in a quiet room (end of exhale).Why?

Return inhaler: Pro air hfa should deliver the same quality and quantity of albuterol with each actuaction until the counter reads zero. If you believe the inhaler is defective, return it to the pharmacy for a replacement. If you find that you are having symptoms that are not controlled, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any ways I can alleviate mild wheezing without using my my inhaler? I'm on holidays and don't want to waste it on minor wheezing.

Not really: Only way to avoid is to avoid cold air or other allergen (hard to do).Dont try to save your inhaler as unchecked inflammation will make things worse. Use your controller /preventive inhaler regularly which will help you the most. ...Read more

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I have wheezing when I exhale in the morning for the last 10 weeks but only when lying on left side, not sit or stand or climp stairs. Have HH 4cm?

I have wheezing when I exhale in the morning for the last 10 weeks but only when lying on left side, not sit or stand or climp stairs. Have HH 4cm?

Just a thought: This sounds a bit like a local obstruction which is acting like a "ball valve" making "noise when you shift your position. ..a BRONCHIAL ADENOMA (benign growth) and sometimes an 'inhaled" foreign body (eg peanut) can produce this "ball valve" effect. Check this idea out with your PCP (primary Care Provider) Just a thought. Hope it helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have asthma and I wheeze really bad when breathing out - normal?

I have asthma and I wheeze really bad when breathing out - normal?

Bronchial Asthma: No, it is not normal. You call that expiratory wheeze. ...Read more

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Been sick with a cold for over a week Now have a slight wheeze Not asmathic but does run in family?

Been sick with a cold for over a week Now have a slight wheeze Not asmathic but does run in family?

Wheezy viral infectn: It is not uncommon for non asthmatics to develop a wheeze during a cold or chest infection. A wheeze develops when there is mucus congestion of the lower small airways of the lungs therefore anyone with excessive mucous production during a chest infection can produce a wheeze. This should settle spontaneously with the resolution of the cold. It does not indicate development of asthma. ...Read more

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I have been having a slight wheeze for d last 2 weeks due to my flu but I still do not wish to use my inhaler. Is it ok? Thanks!

Try the inhaler: Virus infections, like the flu, can trigger major problems for people with asthma and who need inhalers. If you have wheezing, it means the flu has made you closer to getting really sick. If the inhaler makes you better, you'll be more comfortable. I suggest you use it. If the wheeze, even slight, goes on for more than 10 days or so from the start, talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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I was cleaning my bathroom using comet with bleach and the works cleaner. Now I have a cough and a wheeze. Kind of a squeak when I exhale.

I was cleaning my bathroom using comet with bleach and the works cleaner. Now I have a cough and a wheeze. Kind of a squeak when I exhale.

Irritation: You likely irritated the mucosa of your respiratory system. Those are some harsh chemicals. You should always make sure the area is well ventilated and that you wear gloves, mask, and eye protection when using products like those. It should get better with time. If you feel you are getting worse and begin having difficulty breathing, then go directly to the Emergency room. ...Read more

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Getting over a virus of some sort. I feel much better but still have a wheeze type issue when I exhale hard. Cannot get whatever it is unstuck. Ideas?

Mucous plug: You probably have some built up mucous in your lungs. Use some OTC Mucinex (guaifenesin) 1200 mg bid as well as increase your water intake to thin the mucous. It should resolve soon always take deep breaths to help open up the lung area during the day If fever or increased wheezing see PCP ...Read more

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It's been suggested - not confirmed - that I may have Gastritis. I have mild SOB/wheezing-breathing, BUT with NO other symptoms. Think it's related?

Not necessarily: If your wheezing is periodic and associated while sleeping it could be related to aspiration symptoms associated with reflux esophagitis. However wheezing as a symptom can be due to cardiac or pulmonary issues as well. My suggestion would be to follow up with a doctor who can determine the etiology of your shortness of breath and wheezing. ...Read more

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Should a 2 month be taking albuterol for mild wheezing and cold?

Should a 2 month be taking albuterol for mild wheezing and cold?

Maybe: Albuterol treats airway spasm. Airway spasm can occur at any age. One can judge if albuterol is needed by assessing if there is any improvement with an albuterol treatment. ...Read more

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I have chesty cough with a slight bit of phlegm, wheezing also?

I have chesty cough with a slight bit of phlegm, wheezing also?

Bronchitis and spasm: You are likely describing an infectious process such as acute bronchitis described as a productive cough now cause acute bronchospasm or constriction of the airways causing wheezing. Your wheezing will likely improve with treatment of infectious process though if persists you will benefit from an evaluation for asthma vs copd. ...Read more

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I don't have asthma, I recently started to wheeze, and have a slight coff, what home remedy can remove it?

I don't have asthma, I recently started to wheeze, and have a slight coff, what home remedy can remove it?

Mgt: If you have a high pitched respiratory sound and dry cough, you most likely will need Albuterol inhaled treatments. This is a medication which can be prescribed by healthtap virtual consult or by your physician after a consultation. ...Read more

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I get a dry cough and slight wheeze every winter after a head cold that lasts for about 6 weeks. Ok in the summer! What could cause it? Thanks!

I get a dry cough and slight wheeze every winter after a head cold that lasts for about 6 weeks. Ok in the summer! What could cause it? Thanks!

Possibly allergic: Sounds like a seasonal allergic response, or senstivity to an inhaled substance however given your age, it's best to get it checked out.
Dry cough and wheeze can also be related to asthma, and reflux. ...Read more

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Sneezing, nonproductive cough, slight expiratory wheeze, low fever?

How long: If it has been a few days you may have a viral infection, if longer I would be concerned about a bronchitis. See your doctor anyhow, especially because you are wheezing. ...Read more

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Having a cough, wheezing on chest and slight shortness of breath?

Having a cough, wheezing on chest and slight shortness of breath?

Check for allergies: Is it new or chronic.
Has there been a recent cold symptoms
Could it be an allergic symptoms
If continues you may want to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Every time I breathe out its hard to breath and I wheeze. Could this be asthma?

Every time I breathe out its hard to breath and I wheeze. Could this be asthma?

Maybe: It is really necessary to have a good physical exam and possibly so called pulmonary function tests to come up with a definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is very very slight wheezing sound after exercise a sign of asthma?

Hoping you can tell me, is very very slight wheezing sound after exercise a sign of asthma?

Could be: I would recommend being evaluated by your physician. You probably need pulmonary function testing done. ...Read more

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Is it safe to start steroids in 1 year old baby who has indications of mild wheeze and had pneumonia recently?

Is it safe to start steroids in 1 year old baby who has indications of mild wheeze and had pneumonia recently?

Steroids in infants: Steroids like Prednisolone are potent medications that can have significant side effects. Nevertheless, in patients with asthma there is really nothing else that can reverse the airway inflammation quickly. According to studies children actually handle steroids much better than adults do. Steroids are routinely indicated for toddlers with asthma. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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I've had bad sinuse/allergies for 2 months now. I lay down and I wheeze loud when I exhale or laugh. Is this bad??

I've had bad sinuse/allergies for 2 months now. I lay down and I wheeze loud when I exhale or laugh. Is this bad??

Unfortunately, yes: You may have what is called :Airway Hyper-responsiveness, in other words, twitchy lower airways (bronchi) secondary to what's going on in the upper airways, nose and sinuses, you need to see your doctor for assessment, ? Rx medications to take care of your sinus problems, and wheezing, or refer you to an allergist/immunologist. Check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, goodluck ...Read more

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What is the significance of wheezing which is only heard but not felt at all? Patient is healthy other than mild asthma.

What is the significance of wheezing which is only heard but not felt at all? Patient is healthy other than mild asthma.

When?: Does the wheezing occur when you breathe in or breath out? Wheezing when breathing in points to obstruction at area above the lungs but wheezing when breathing out points to obstruction in the lung. Either way, you need to consult a doctor to find out the cause which may or may not be from asthma. ...Read more

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I've had a slight cold. Coughing mainly. I don't have asthma but I have a wheezing in my chest along w/a cough. Any suggestions?

I've had a slight cold. Coughing mainly. I don't have asthma but I have a wheezing in my chest along w/a cough. Any suggestions?

Asthmatic bronchitis: You may have asthmatic bronchitis if not frank asthma. Wheezing will give you cough. Go to the doctor's and get some inhalers and a check up. Good luck! ...Read more

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17, female tightness on right side of chest, no pain, slight cough. Non-smoker. No other symptoms apart from slight wheeze. Should I worry?

17, female tightness on right side of chest, no pain, slight cough. Non-smoker. No other symptoms apart from slight wheeze. Should I worry?

URI: I commend you for being “Non-smoker”
Your symptoms are likely due to upper respiratory tract infection.
Other possible causes at your age can be Asthma, Allergy, or Bronchitis.
At this time, symptoms are not severe.
It will be beneficial to see Physician for Diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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When I take a very deep breath and breath it out at the end of expelling I feel a catch almost like phlegm and a slight wheezing feeling. Any ideas?

When I take a very deep breath and breath it out at the end of expelling I feel a catch almost like phlegm and a slight wheezing feeling. Any ideas?

Wheezing: With such a sparse history its hard to say much. If you are (or were) a smoker then you may have some mild (hopefully) emphysema. If you have had serious exposure to a dusty environment then you may have some damage to the small bronchioles of your lungs. Obviously, it concerns you so perhaps a visit to an internist or a pulmonologist is advisable. ...Read more