How is wheezing treated?

Treatment for wheezing depends on the underlying cause. Immediate treatment may include the use of supplemental oxygen to help the patient with breathing. Some patients may need to be hospitalized until their breathing improves.

If your wheezing is found to be caused by asthma, you will likely be prescribed a type of inhaler to reduce inflammation and open your airways (a bronchodilator, as discussed below). Inhaled corticosteroids and pills such as montelukast (Singulair®) are anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat asthma.

If your wheezing is determined to be caused by bronchitis, you may be prescribed a bronchodilator such as albuterol (Proair® HFA, Proventil® HFA, Ventolin® HFA) or an antibiotic to deal with a bacterial infection. This should eliminate your wheezing as you heal.

Other causes of wheezing may require different treatment. Whatever the cause of your wheezing, using a vaporizer or sitting in an area with moist, heated air such as a shower, can help relieve your symptoms. Your doctor can come up with the best plan for your condition.

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