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Wheezing

Wheezing is a whistling sound your breath makes when you are having difficulty breathing. It is a common symptom of many lung problems, including asthma.

When your airways are narrowed or blocked, your breath is forced out of a small space, causing the whistling noise. Asthma attacks, allergic reactions and respiratory infections can all affect the size of your airways.

More serious conditions such as lung cancer or pneumonia sometimes cause wheezing, though asthma is the most common cause, especially among children and younger adults. Other common symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath and coughing.

Asthma attacks occur after you are exposed to an asthma trigger, like an allergen, strong odor or exercise. During an attack, your airways become narrowed and your body produces more mucus, making it difficult for you to breath.

Indiana University Health physicians perform comprehensive tests to determine the cause behind your wheezing and offer many treatment options to expertly manage allergies and asthma.

You can learn to control wheezing and other symptoms of asthma so that you can live an active lifestyle. We provide advanced options for allergy and asthma treatment, including short-term and long-term asthma control solutions. Our physicians will develop a personalized treatment plan and teach you how to manage your asthma, use your medications correctly and avoid asthma triggers.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Wheezing Treatment Information

We work with you to diagnose and manage your asthma using a comprehensive treatment plan. We may use the following services to treat your asthma:


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Wheezing Support Services

Learn more about the causes of wheezing and asthma symptoms by visiting the websites below.