Wheeze or Blockage in Breathing

Chest | Pulmonology | Wheeze or Blockage in Breathing (Symptom)


Noisy breathing in adults is a common disease, usually caused by a blockage in the breathing air. This occurs when there is a block somewhere in the airways and produces abnormal airflow. The blockage may be anywhere from the mouth into the lungs. .


Among the causes of wheezing in adults include: (i) the anatomic defects or conditions, such as a deviated septum, which divides the two nostrils unequally, (ii) respiratory infections such as influenza or flu acute bronchitis, pneumonia, and the common cold, (iii) asthma, provided that results in reversible narrowing of the airways, (iv) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and chronic bronchitis includes, among others.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Treatment for wheezing depends on the underlying cause. Common causes include allergic reactions, COPD, and asthma. Regardless of the underlying cause, treatment often includes inhaled bronchodilators, inhaled corticosteroids, and oral corticosteroids. Wheezing that develops in response to an acute allergic reaction may also be treated with antihistamines and corticosteroids.