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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound during breathing. It occurs when air flows through narrowed breathing tubes (bronchi).

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What causes wheezing?

What causes wheezing?

Bronchial spasm: Your airway is made of tubes called bronchi. The smaller tubes at the ends are called bronchioles. They are lined with muscles that can constrict (squeeze) or dilate (expand). Anything that makes the bronchioles constrict (infection, allergies, etc.) will make you wheeze. ...Read more

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Take ventolin hfa for asthma. What does inhale 1 puff q4-6 hours prn wheezing mean?

Take ventolin hfa for asthma. What does inhale 1 puff q4-6 hours prn wheezing mean?

Sig: It means take 1 puff every 4 to 6 hours as needed for wheezing, (but it should be 1 to 2 puffs), . ...Read more

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Asthma (Tip)

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During pregnancy, asthma symptoms can improve (1/3), worsen (1/3), or stay the same (1/3). ...See more

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What is the best way to treat wheezing and trouble breathing that occur after a nasty cold?

Wheezing with cold : If you have asthma and are wheezing you need to use your rescue inhaler. Some viral infections, however can cause reactive airways and may cause you to wheeze even if you do not have asthma, in that case you need t o see your doctor to give you a bronchodilator. You may aslo trya steam vaporiser and soem liquid vicks in the vaporiser to make your breathing easier. ...Read more

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I have heard there is new medication just out to treat Breathlessness and wheezing, can you confirm what this is please.?

I have heard there is new medication just out to treat Breathlessness and wheezing, can you confirm what this is please.?

Asthma? COPD?: It depends on whether your inhalers are for mild asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) http://www.webmd.com/asthma/news/20140702/new-inhaled-drug-shows-promise-against-asthma-allergies http://www.centerwatch.com/drug-information/fda-approved-drugs/drug/1323/incruse-ellipta-umeclidinium-inhalation-powder ...Read more

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Myth is "no symptoms means no asthma." symptoms underestimate the degree of asthma. Get spirometry. ...See more

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I seem to be wheezing through my nose. I have dysphonia and am treated with botox. I have just come through a 10 day aphonic period. What should I do?

I seem to be wheezing through my nose. I have dysphonia and am treated with botox. I have just come through a 10 day aphonic period. What should I do?

See your MD: If i get you correctly you are being treated for dysphonia with botox. If so then you should discuss your concerns with your doctor who is probably an otolaryngologist. If not then see an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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If a z-pack was unsuccessful in treating bronchitis, is there logic in a dr giving another one for a 2nd round? Bronchial spasms, wheezing, cough..

If a z-pack was unsuccessful in  treating bronchitis, is there logic in a dr giving another one for a 2nd round?  Bronchial spasms, wheezing,  cough..

No.: This does not make good sense. Most bronchitis is viral and does not respond to antibiotics. A second course will generally not do any better. Unless you had signs or symptoms that specifically suggested bacterial infection i would hold off on antibiotics and consider other agents for the wheezing and cough. ...Read more

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Excess weight increases inflammation. Losing weight can reduce asthma symptoms. ...See more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my wheezing?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my wheezing?

Asthma Rx: Asthma (wheezing) is a serious condition and needs proper treatment. Some of the commonly recommended home treatments (like caffeine or vitamin c) are not effective enough for safety. The best treatment is albuterol (either tablet or inhaler). The best prices are at walmart, where the tablets cost: albuterol 2mg tab $4 for 90 tablets $10 for 270 tablets; 4mg $4 for 60 tablets $10 for 180. ...Read more

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