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I only wheeze when I exhale ..Is that normal?

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

Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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?

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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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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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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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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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