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Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound caused by narrowed airways or inflammation. Wheezing may be a symptom of serious breathing problems that require diagnosis and treatment.



  • Musical or whistling sound
  • Heavy breathing
  • Feeling of tightening in the chest
  • High fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chest pain


  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Heart failure
  • Lung cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory tract infection
  • Reaction to smoking
  • Viral respiratory infection
  • Respiratory tract infection

Prevention and Precautions

  • Control the inflammation in your airways
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
  • Keep your living environment clean
  • Removing irritants from the air you breathe
  • Don’t smoke and don’t share your space with those who do
  • Wear scarves during cold weather
  • Avoid potential allergens and other triggers
  • Inhale steam
  • Stay away from potent smells
  • Maintain a balanced diet
  • Stay hydrated
  • Drink something warm
  • Take fish oil capsules
  • Try something spicy
  • Unblock your nose
  • Warm your chest and upper back
  • Train yourself to breathe slowly

Lifestyle and Dietary Tips

  • Deep breathing
  • Inhaling steam
  • Drinking black coffee
  • Eating fresh ginger
  • Losing weight
  • Exercising
  • Quitting smoking
  • Avoiding allergens and pollutants
  • Sticking to treatment plans for underlying conditions

Home Remedies

  • Keeping your home warm and humid
  • Sit in a warm, steamy bathroom
  • Herbs and supplements may help control your wheezing
  • Antioxidants, such as vitamin C and E
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Steam inhalation
  • Hot drinks
  • Breathing exercises
  • Humidifiers
  • Air filters
  • Identifying and removing triggers
  • Nasal sprays
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