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

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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Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound during breathing. It occurs when air flows through ...Read more


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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

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

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

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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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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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 am 38 , female and i wheeze when i exhale, but no difficulty breathing. family history of asthma though. Night coughing with phlegm ?

I am 38 , female and i wheeze when i  exhale, but no difficulty breathing. family history of asthma though. Night coughing with phlegm ?

Airway hyperactivity: Need to be evaluated by your doctor, what you described is airways hyper responsiveness, may be due to either upper or lower respiratory tract viral infection that would resolve by resolution of infection, or due to chronic process, asthma still needs to be ruled out, your doctor might prescribe you a bronchodilator to relax your airways, also gi over your history including environmental history, ...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