How To Stop Wheezing
How to Stop Wheezing - If you suffer from asthma or some other type of breathing disorder wheezing can be difficult to deal with. In this short video a doctor will provide some suggestions, in addition to using an inhaler, on how to stop wheezing and ways to reduce the chance of initiating wheezing.
Hello I'm doctor Gemma Newman and I'm a GP and broadcaster. And today I would like to help you with a few top tips to improve your health. I'd like to talk to you about how to stop wheezing.
Ok firstly what is wheezing? It's a high pitched whistling sound that you usually get when your having to breath through narrowed airways. And why do you get a wheeze? Well the most common reasons for wheeze would include things like asthma or having a viral infection which can induce a wheeze especially in children. If your perhaps a little bit older or you've been a smoker in your life, chronic lung disease, chronic obstructive airways disease, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis.
Or there may be another cause. So if you are experiencing wheezing you must go and see your own doctor or a definitive diagnosis as to why you have your wheeze. So if you do have asthma obviously an inhaler is the best way for it to reduce the wheeze that you are getting.
If you are experiencing shortness of breath or chest pains or your wheeze is not responding to your inhalers you must go straight away to seek medical attention. Now if you do have asthma and you want some general advice about how to reduce your wheezing as well as using your inhalers, you could try a few things. The first thing to suggest is to avoid any triggers you might have for your wheeze.
Some people with allergic type wheeze have it brought on by exposure to certain allergens, house dust mite, maybe some sort of family pet. So it's worth looking into whether one of these could apply in your situation. Other things you can do is avoid smoke.
Obviously you do not smoke yourself, you should not smoke, but if you do smoke, go and see your doctor to try and reduce your smoking habit. Sudden temperature changes can sometimes make someone with asthma prone to wheeze. So something like going suddenly into cold air may be a factor that contributes as well.
Dust, pollen, and other things like that can also contribute so try and avoid them where you can. Sometimes a warm caffeine based drink can help to open up the airways as well, so you can try that if you want to. But the most important thing that I want you to take home from this video is you will need to have some sort of inhaler if you're suffering from wheeze so you should visit your own doctor.