One of the things I noticed in the comments in the inhaler changeover post is that many of you are using your rescue inhalers often, daily even. Also, there is a feeling that the new HFA ones aren't working to help ease asthma symptoms and in some cases making you feel worse! I was thinking there may be a few reasons for that. First, your old CFC inhaler may have stopped working a long time ago; it's my understanding from my pulmonologist that the more you use your rescue inhaler the less it continues to work. Does this sound familiar? Second, the new inhalers need to be cleaned more often; the powder is fine and clogs the system quicker than the old CFC ones. [Did you clean your old inhalers?] If you're using the new one every day and not cleaning them you may not be getting the full dose of medication. Third, and this is a crucial point, rescue inhalers are for emergencies, not daily use. If you're having asthma symptoms dail...
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
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