Definition Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound during breathing. It occurs when air flows through narrowed breathing tubes. Alternative Names Sibilant rhonchi Considerations Wheezing 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 Causes Asthma Breathing a foreign object into the lungs Bronchiectasis Bronchiolitis Bronchitis Emphysema (COPD), especially when a respiratory infection is present Gastroesophageal reflux disease Heart failure (cardiac asthma) Insect sting that causes an allergic reaction Medications (particularly aspirin) Pneumonia Smoking Viral infection, especially in infants younger than age 2
Doc, I get sick every Christmas and end up missing a few days of work. I take my family out to pick a live tree the weekend after Thanksgiving every year and 1-2 weeks later my asthma flares up. Could I be allergic to my Christmas tree? (Have questions or comments? Click here!) The Christmas holiday season brings more than song and joy to asthma and allergy sufferers across the nation. After Thanksgiving, for many families the next order of business is to hunt for the most perfectly shaped, live Christmas tree from their favorite outdoor nursery. In northern parts of America, many evergreen trees are pre-cut and bound together in stacks until time for display. The cold weather allows for some trees to be well preserved despite being cut weeks before being sold. But as they lie in waiting, mold, bacteria, dust and dirt collect on their blades and branches. A Pile of Evergreens -- Millions of dormant molds lay with them Live evergreen trees are preferred by many families because of their ...
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