Wheezing? What Is It and
What Does It Mean?

Wheezing is a strange whistling sound made when breathing. It occurs by infections in the airways, inflammation or other conditions that obstruct the airways.


If you are asthmatic, it is one of the most obvious symptoms or signs that your asthma is not under control and your airways are restricted. The more restriction in your airways, the loader the sound will be.


It usually affects people with:

• Asthma;

• Bronchitis;

• COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease);

• Pneumonia.

To diagnose what is causing this sound in your breathing, a few respiratory tests are needed. Please do not assume that you have any of the diseases or conditions listed above. A visit to your doctor or local GP would give you a proper diagnose of your condition.

This abnormal sound is caused by the narrowing of the windpipe (trachea) when irritated or an inflammation in the airways (lungs).

The irritation or inflammation can be caused by mucus build up, which then leads to the sound that we hear. It can be heard when exhaling, inhaling or both, especially during an asthma attack/episode.

During an attack the lungs are extremely narrow and, thus, the sound is much stronger and faster.

It is very hard, or should I say impossible, to stop the sound we make during an attack, because we have no control of our breathing.

We might be able to decrease the sound rate when we use our inhalers (reliever, which helps prevent the build up of mucus and relax the lungs a bit) to calm the attack.

If the whistling continues even after you have taken your inhaler, then you might need some medical healthcare as your asthma symptoms are becoming severe.

This strange whistling sound will get better or even stop completely after our lungs are relaxed and we can breathe freely from any obstructions in the airways.

If it continues, then I would advice you to go for a check up, preferably a chest clinic.


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