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The Causes and Risk Factors of Wheezing

Wheezing is common among people with asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions. Usually, wheezing is most noticeable upon exhalation, but some severe cases of irritation may cause constant wheezing. Heavy wheezing indicates the body is not able to adequately get enough air in and out of the lungs, so seek immediate medical attention to avoid life-threatening conditions.

Information. Narrow, inflamed airways or lungs cause air to create a high-pitched whistle as it enters or exits the body. In some cases, a swollen or irritated throat can also cause a person to wheeze. In most cases, people who experience wheezing require immediate care. Without adequate oxygen, the body’s vital organs will begin to die. It may sound extreme, but even minor wheezing is often a warning sign that something is going on internally.


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