Wheezing can be frightening for children and adults, not only due to the high-pitched sound, but because it often means they’re struggling to breathe. The board certified physicians at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates can determine what causes your wheezing and prescribe treatment to relieve symptoms and prevent future attacks. Call or schedule an appointment online to visit the doctors at any of their three locations in North Texas: Texas Health Dallas, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, and Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound that occurs when you breathe. It’s more common to hear it when you breathe out, but it also happens when you breathe in. A wheeze often develops because of inflammation and narrowing of the airways, which makes it hard to breathe.
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are the most common causes of wheezing, as both conditions cause inflammation and muscle tightening in the airways. But many health issues can cause inflammation in the throat or airways, including diverse lung problems like bronchitis and pneumonia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, medications, heart failure, obstructive sleep apnea, and respiratory infections. Smoking cigarettes can cause of wheezing, too.
Wheezing is a typical symptom of asthma and food allergies. It also occurs in response to airborne allergens, so people with hay fever and an allergy to dust mites may develop wheezing. If you’re allergic to latex, wheezing occurs from your skin coming into contact with latex, but it can also be from tiny latex particles in the air that you inhale. That can happen when latex in disposable gloves binds with powder inside the gloves and goes airborne when the gloves are removed.
Wheezing can signal the onset of a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis, which can be life threatening. If your wheezing is severe or occurs with shortness of breath, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department for immediate medical treatment.
Contact North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates for medical advice if your wheezing:
Before wheezing can be treated, the doctors must determine the underlying cause. The medical problem causing the wheezing will be treated and the doctors will determine whether an inhaler or other medication should be prescribed to relieve constricted airways and reduce inflammation.
If the wheezing is due to an allergy, immunotherapy may be recommended to treat the allergy. If you’re at risk for a severe allergic reaction, you may need to carry self-injecting epinephrine to quickly treat anaphylaxis. You can count on the expertise and experience of the doctors at North Texas Allergy & Asthma Associates to alleviate concerns about wheezing and to help you maintain optimal health.
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