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DefinitionWheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound during breathing. It occurs when air flows through narrowed breathing tubes.Alternative NamesSibilant rhonchiConsiderationsWheezing is a sign that a person may be having breathing problems. The sound of wheezing is most obvious when breathing out (exhaling), but may be heard when taking a breath (inhaling).Wheezing most often comes from the small breathing tubes (bronchial tubes) deep in the chest, but it may be due to a blockage in larger airways or in persons with certain vocal cord problems.Common CausesAsthmaBreathing a foreign object into the lungsBronchiectasisBronchiolitisBronchitisEmphysema (COPD), especially when a respiratory infection is presentGastroesophageal reflux diseaseHeart failure (cardiac asthma)Insect sting that causes an allergic reactionMedications (particularly aspirin)PneumoniaSmokingViral infection, especially in infants younger than age 2
Have you seen the news this week? There's been a lot of coverage in the health news about a new study from the UK that was published in the European Respiratory Journal.
Apparently this study found that drinking apple juice—but not eating apples—can actually help control wheezing in people who have asthma.
The study looked at 2640 primary school children who were ages 5 to 10 years that lived in Greenwich, south London. The researchers found that drinking a glass of apple juice every day lessened both the severity and the frequency of wheezing, which is probably the most common asthma symptom.
Researchers think that it's phytochemicals in apple juice that provides the protection. The specific kind of phytochemical that seems to calm the airway inflammation in asthmatics that can lead to wheezing is called "flavonoids." Flavonoids are found in many different foods.
However, in this study, the positive results were only obtained by drinking apple...
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