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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Contracted a cold while traveling in Europe. I have asthma. Been using my inhaler and home breathing treatment but still feel a lot of wheezing/strain?

Contracted a cold while traveling in Europe. I have asthma. Been using my inhaler and home breathing treatment but still feel a lot of wheezing/strain?

Need an evaluation: You can have different infections from different locations of the globe. It would be wise to see your physician. There are certain illnesses in Europe they're not present here yet. ...Read more

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My baby is wheezing a bit with his bad head cold. He's on meds now. Do I still need to give him breathing treatments? He hasn't been wheezing unil now.

My baby is wheezing a bit with his bad head cold. He's on meds now. Do I still need to give him breathing treatments? He hasn't been wheezing unil now.

Age? Why on nebs?: Your? Raises? . Breathing rx is one good way to moisten the airways of a congested/wheezing kid which helps them get mucous up. If baby is playful with resp rates 40's to 50 & taking fluids well, this is probably not much of a change and nebs help some. If the rr>55, baby iis working to breathe & feeds are falling off it is time to discuss the change with your dr. ...Read more

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Yesterday I started 40 mg prednisone avelox 400mg and albuterol breathing treatments. I'm still wheezing when I push out an exhale. Is this normal?

Yesterday I started 40 mg prednisone avelox 400mg and albuterol breathing treatments. I'm still wheezing when I push out an exhale. Is this normal?

Maybe: A bacterial process can take 2-3 days to show improvement w/antibiotics. If you are still wheezing, you may need the albuterol more frequently. If you are not comfortable at rest, you may need to go to er. Otherwise, vaporizer/humidifier may help + usual cold medicines for symptom relief. ...Read more

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What can a person on beta blockers do for chest wheeze, cough, phlegm when albuterol breathing treatments are contraindicated? How to clear out lungs?

What can a person on beta blockers do for chest wheeze, cough, phlegm when albuterol breathing treatments are contraindicated? How to clear out lungs?

Alternative: I don't know the contraindication to albuterol but there is Levalbuterol as alternative. In addition, an inhaled steroid is usually indicated for chronic lung problems. Revisit your bblocker as there are also more selective ones that don't induce bronchospasm. Talk to your doctor about these. And definitely try to see if you can get cough meds. Cough can induce wheezing. Good luck. ...Read 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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If my child is wheezing can I give an abuterol treatment, and the give the qvar since it is twice a day it is prescibed?

If my child is wheezing can I give an abuterol treatment, and the give the qvar since it is twice a day it is prescibed?

Yes, in general: Some asthma specialists recommend increasing the inhaled steroid (qvar in this case) in the setting of an asthma exacerbation. However, if you have not been given an "asthma action plan" that specifically gives a course of action for times like these, then call the physician. There are variables that need to be accounted for to determine the best next step. ...Read more

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I am experiencing wheezing, rattling in lungs, coughing up brown and bloody mucous. What is best OTC treatment?

I am experiencing wheezing, rattling in lungs, coughing up brown and bloody mucous. What is best OTC treatment?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Is the vanceril (beclomethasone) inhaler to alleviate the wheezing? Is it an effective treatment?

Is the vanceril (beclomethasone) inhaler to alleviate the wheezing? Is it an effective treatment?

Yes and no: Vanceril contains beclomethasone, a steroid that will reduce inflammation in the airways. It is meant to be used regularly and ver time this leads to better asthma control. Vanceril is not a rescue inhaler and will not give fast acting relief of asthma symptoms. ...Read more

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Bronchitis. Dr offered albuteral breath treatment even tho I take beta blocker, have rapid hr. I declined. Was I right? Dr said I had a chest wheeze.

Bronchitis. Dr offered albuteral breath treatment even tho I take beta blocker, have rapid hr. I declined. Was I right? Dr said I had a chest wheeze.

You were wrong: In fact if you were on a beta blocker, reconsideration for a selective one should have been made to avoid the bronchospasms created by the nonselective ones. The nonselective bblockers can cause bronchospasm and can be reversed by b-agonists in the lungs. Of course there is some systemic overflow. Once it happens they are hard to reverse, hence we don't use Propranolol challenge anymore. ...Read more

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My 2yo has had a cold for 3 days. She has no fever but a plehgmy cough and slight wheeze. Should I be worried or continue home treatment?

My 2yo has had a cold for 3 days. She has no fever but a plehgmy cough and slight wheeze. Should I be worried or continue home treatment?

Better see her doctor: Not sure what kind of home treatment you are referring to, it seems your daughter has an upper respiratory infection, possibly viral, affecting her lower respiratory tract a as well. Most of the time it is a self limited condition, but may progress given the description you just gave, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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Day spent outside. 2 yr old got congested and wheezing. Brought home to give breath. Treatment. O2 was 94@11:30pm Now reading 90. With low fever?

Day spent outside. 2 yr old got congested and wheezing. Brought home to give breath. Treatment. O2 was 94@11:30pm Now reading 90. With low fever?

Mgt: I would recommend giving him another breathing treatment as prescribed. In addition, washing his eyes, nasal passages and hair, will help to reduce his exposure from outdoor allergens such as pollen. If his O2 saturation does not stay above 92 and if he does not seem comfortable, please take him to the local ED. ...Read more

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Mild asthma, occasional nighttime wheezing given dulera (formoterol and mometasone). Put on propanolol for migraines. Med interaction. A better med for longterm asthma treatment?

Mild asthma, occasional nighttime wheezing given dulera (formoterol and mometasone). Put on propanolol for migraines. Med interaction. A better med for longterm asthma treatment?

Mgt: You may want to consider using an inhaled steroid and the Albuterol as needed if these medications control your asthma. You can also take an oral steroid for a short period of time. The combination medication has a longer acting medication.
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I have positive test for h pylori and aspergillosis. My doctor refuses treatment for aspergillosis as have no wheezing but gastro probs. Is this right?

I have positive test for h pylori and aspergillosis. My doctor refuses treatment for aspergillosis as have no wheezing but gastro probs. Is this right?

Probably: Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis has a specific sets of diagnostic criteria and it does sound like you don't quite meet the definition for the diagnoisis. ...Read more

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Should I take him to the hospital? My son is 8 and has had a sinus infection for over a week. He is very congested and is wheezing and having trouble breathing. I just gave him his treatment. Should I wait a while and give him another treatment or take him r

Should I take him to the hospital? My son is 8 and has had a sinus infection for over a week. He is very congested and is wheezing and having trouble breathing. I just gave him his treatment. Should I wait a while and give him another treatment or take him r

I: I assume that since you are giving your son breathing treatments that he has asthma. Asthma attacks can have various triggers such as respiratory illnesses, allergies, pollution including cigarette smoke and perfume, very cold or hot air, and strenuous exercise. Giving albuterol whether through a nebulizer or inhaler is the first thing you should do for wheezing and respiratory distress. If the treatment is not working or if the child seems to need a treatment sooner than every 4 hours, this is a sign that they may need additional medications such as oral steroids and/or stronger albuterol treatments in an office or hospital setting. You should call your child's doctor and have him seen if it's during clinic hours or take him into the emergency room for evaluation.



Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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Did CT chest w/contrast. Radiologist said every looks good w/my lungs. So why am I still coughing, wheezing, and short of breath? No treatment working

Did CT chest w/contrast. Radiologist said every looks good w/my lungs. So why am I still coughing, wheezing, and short of breath? No treatment working

Wheezing: Hi JGold, you can still have symptoms with normal imaging. Diseases that fit this are asthma, reflux, atopy, laryngeal dysfunction and bronchspasm. Reflux requires diet changes and medication. Asthma and atopy have very good guidelines for medication and allergy control. Bronchospasm is usually set off by fumes, smoke, allergies, etc. Laryngeal dysfunction can be easily diagnosed. Hope that helps ...Read more

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Sob. Wheeze. Throat mucus. Difficulty swallowing. Wake up tired stuffy. Sinus problems. Cough up mucus. Could this be silent reflux? Natural treatment

Possibilities....: Your breathing difficulties are likely due to bronchospasm. The bronchospasm could be due to post-nasal drip (or other sinus problems) and/or reflux. Bronchodilator and steroid inhalers can treat the bronchospasm and there are treatments for the sinuses and reflux so see your doctor asap. Smoking cessation will help improve your breathing as well. If your breathing worsens, go to the er. ...Read more

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6 months babu with persistent cough, nasal congestion and wheezing. The fever (102°f) went away 3 days ago. As a treatment only sodium chloride inhal?

Bronchiolitis: At this age the airways are so small that a little swelling causes the obstruction with wheezing rather than bronchospasm as in asthma. RSV is often the cause. I know it's hard to watch your baby get sick like this but should make a full recovery. ...Read more

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What breathing symptoms should I look for; not wheezing but feels tighter to breathe?

What breathing symptoms should I look for; not wheezing but feels tighter to breathe?

Trouble breathing: Throat/chest tightness (with or without wheezing) can be caused by many things: infection (chest cold, bronchitis, pneumonia), asthma, allergy (food, medication, environment), irritation (smoke, pollution, climate change), anxiety, decreased oxygen (anemia, lung problems, high altitude) or even heart problems. If it persists or gets worse, get checked out by your primary care doc. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of wheezing and trouble breathing.?

Wheezing: Wheezing in younger children are often caused by viral infections. Some individuals experience trouble breathing, with or without wheezing, during exercise; any strenuous physical activity or exposure to cold weather. Wheezing is also associated with allergies. ...Read 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 been breathing in harsh chemical vapors at work and now I'm wheezing. Is that the cause?

Yes & very scary job: Most likely, new wheezing during or shortly following breathing in irritating fumes, is almost certainly from those fumes. You really need to learn quickly what chemicals are in those fumes, as you may be exposing yourself to some really bad problems in the short and long term. Every employer is required to have easily available to all workers data sheets on chemicals workers may be exposed to. ...Read more

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Hello, my baby girl is 8 1/2 months and have bronchiolitis been diagnosed for 3 days now, she is now wheezing and breathing 50 BPM after neb tx?

Hello, my baby girl is 8 1/2 months and have bronchiolitis been diagnosed for 3 days now, she is now wheezing and breathing 50 BPM after neb tx?

Bronchiolitis: Watch the way she is breathing. Does she need extra effort to breathe? If you see her nose flares, her ribs going in and out, retraction around her collar bones, or even if she seems blue around her lips or just blue, take her to er. ...Read more

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Have not been sick, but feel a weird wheeze/gurgle in my left side occasionally when breathing in. Dr said my lungs sou d clear. What could it be?

Have not been sick, but feel a weird wheeze/gurgle in my left side occasionally when breathing in. Dr said my lungs sou d clear. What could it be?

Wheeze: You may have some mild mucus accumulation or mild intermittent spasm in a bronchial tube on that side that wasn't present when you were examined. If symptoms persist or worsen I recommend reexamination by your physician but your symptoms are mild and may resolve spontaneously. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my cat does a wheezing noise when breathing in?

Hmmm...: Being a pediatrician myself...There are similarities with vet medicine. Your cat have a cold...Your cat could have a fur ball caught...Your cat I guess can have asthma.....See a vet! ...Read more

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I am experiencing cough. The following also describe me: Difficulty breathing and Wheezing. What should I do?

I am experiencing cough. The following also describe me: Difficulty breathing and Wheezing. What should I do?

Go to ED.: Not knowing about your medical history, of course, your symptoms could represent an attack of asthma, COPD, heart failure or pneumonia, just to name a few of the more significant possibilities. An immediate evaluation in an emergency department is in order. ...Read more

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My 6 y.o. son was given prednisolone 7.5 mg for coughing and wheezing. He is now breathing really harder and faster. Should I be concerned.

My 6 y.o. son was given prednisolone 7.5 mg for coughing and wheezing. He is now breathing really harder and faster. Should I be concerned.

Yes, go to ER.: We need to know whether your son has asthma. If he does, this likely means his asthma is getting worse and needs immediate attention. Even if he does not have asthma, having breathing problem is a serious matter and I believe an ER visit is in order. ...Read more

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Whenever I laugh too hard I then have very constrictive breathing. I cough heavily and wheeze, eventually it goes away. What could cause this?

Whenever I laugh too hard I then have very constrictive breathing. I cough heavily and wheeze, eventually it goes away. What could cause this?

Asthma symptoms: Common symptoms of asthma are cough, wheeze, chest tightness and shortness of breath. These symptoms can be triggered by strong emotions (laughter, crying), colds, exercise, allergies, smoke, etc. The diagnosis of asthma is made by lung function testing interpreted by a physician familiar with asthma and other respiratory diseases (allergist or pulmonologist). ...Read more

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Lately when I've been running I start to have trouble breathing and start wheezing probably because I am sick?

Lately when I've been running I start to have trouble breathing and start wheezing probably because I am sick?

Asthma: Exercise induced asthma affects people who don’t have other asthma symptoms. They are more sensitive to temperature and humidity of the air. Cold dry air inhaled through the mouth reacts with warm moist air in the lungs triggering an attack. Breathing through the nose warms & humidifies air which helps. Its hard to breathe through your nose when exercising but a face mask/scarf may help. ...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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Is it normal to hear a howling sound when exhaling forcefully? And could wheezing when breathing very slowly be normal? Kind of worried about cancer

Is it normal to hear a howling sound when exhaling forcefully? And could wheezing when breathing very slowly be normal? Kind of worried about cancer

Cancer unlikely: In your age group, lung cancer would be very unlikely. Wheezing is not normal and perhaps the "howling" sound is a form of wheezing? I would see your doctor for exam to determine if you have any lung problems or not. ...Read more

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2months-breathing is funny. Feels like my bronchi are inflamed and "URGE" to cough, occasional wheeze. Off and on. Cold air worsens. Allergic to air?

2months-breathing is funny. Feels like my bronchi are inflamed and "URGE" to cough, occasional wheeze. Off and on. Cold air worsens. Allergic to air?

Breathing issue.: This could be a number of things. Asthma comes to mind, with shortness of breath being triggered by the coldness of the air, or by irritants or pollutants in the air, or by exertion or activity. Could be allergic rhinitis with a post-nasal drip, which can interestingly cause a cough, breathing trouble and wheeze at times. Do you smoke? Because this could be related to smoking as well. ...Read more

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Doing trial off daily. Feel fine but around once a week I hear myself wheezing at night without any breathing problems. Do I need to go back on med?

Yes: If you have asthma and note recurrence of wheezing after stopping inhaled steroid, that means the inflammation and airway narrowing is gradually returning. It takes 2-3 weeks for the medication to get optimal results and about the same period of time for it to return to its previous status. Call your doctor for guidance now. ...Read more

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My child has been sick for over a month. He's 5 months old, and has been in Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and breathing treat ya for wheezing. Can I do something else?

My child has been sick for over a month. He's 5 months old, and has been in Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and breathing treat ya for wheezing. Can I do something else?

Infant Asthma: If he is still having wheezing for over a month, he should be evaluated by a pediatric pulmonologist. I don't personally like to use benadryl (diphenhydramine) in anyone with wheezing. I would switch to loratidine. Good Luck ...Read more

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Wheezing (Definition)

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