1. What is wheezing?
Wheezing occurs due to respiratory disorders such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, allergies and certain infections. It produces a high-pitched whistling sound during breathing. Wheezing occurs due to inflammation and spasms of the respiratory tract.
2. What are the causes of wheezing?
Wheezing occurs due to narrowing of the respiratory tract due to inflammation, spasms or presence of mucous. Wheezing is associated with asthma, allergies, congestive heart disease, lung tumours, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorders such as emphysema and bronchitis.
3. Who are at a high risk of wheezing?
Occurrence of respiratory disorders in early childhood may lead to development of wheezing and asthma later in life. Difficult living conditions, constant exposure to tobacco smoke and allergens puts an individual at a higher risk of suffering from wheezing and respiratory ailments.
4. Can I stop wheezing with home remedies?
Drinking warm fluids, inhaling moist air, avoiding exposure to smoke, consuming food rich in vitamins especially vitamin C such as fruits and vegetables are some common home remedies for treatment of wheezing. However, it is recommended to consult a doctor and take proper medication if required along with home remedies to optimise the treatment.
5. What is the treatment given to stop wheezing?
Treatment depends upon the condition. Medications are given to reduce inflammation, spasms and asthma symptoms to patients suffering from asthma, bronchodilators, corticosteroids and other such diseases. Bronchodilators are medications which widen the respiratory tract and are used for asthma as well as bronchitis. Antibiotics may be prescribed for the treatment of acute or chronic bronchitis.