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What is Wheezing?


Updated April 23, 2014

Question: What is wheezing?


If you or your child have ever gone to the doctor with a cough, he has probably asked you if you have any wheezing. If you aren't quite sure what that means, you've come to the right place.



Wheezing is simply a whistling sound made when breathing. It is usually heard when a person exhales and sounds like a high-pitched whistle.

It is commonly heard in the lungs of patients with:



Wheezing is usually a sign that there is a problem with the lungs. It is most often caused by swelling in the lower airway.

If you notice wheezing and do not have a treatment plan in place for it, seek medical attention right away. If you are wheezing and do have a treatment plan, follow the directions your health care provider gave you.


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