Wheezing is generally a symptom of coughs, chest infections and asthma. It is a whistling sound made by the obstructed and tight airway openings in your lungs struggling to let oxygen pass easily in and out. It causes a number of symptoms, many of which are caused by the inability of the body to get fresh oxygen. The key to ending wheezing is to loosen the airways so that air can move freely in and out.
How do I know if I have wheezing?
- Lack of energy
- Chest pain
- General unrest
How do I prevent wheezing?
- Avoid allergens and irritants that make breathing difficult.
- Keep conditions such as asthma under control.
- Lower your stress level.
- Be careful when you exercise.
How can I treat wheezing?
- The first line of defense when it comes to wheezing is to relax. Being tense and stressed only making breathing difficulties worse.
- Go ahead and cough to loosen up any mucus that could be causing the wheezing.
- Stay hydrated. Keeping hydrated helps to thin mucus so you can cough it up.
- Steam yourself. Consider adding a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil to the shower to help loosen the airways further.
- Humidify the air so that your airways stay properly moistened.
- Drink a little caffeine. It helps to dilate the bronchial passageways so you can breathe more easily.
- Avoid irritants and allergens that trigger wheezing.
- Honey is an excellent way to clear up wheezing as it is an anti-inflammatory and is antibacterial. Take it with lemon water, or on its own.
- Mix a tablespoon of honey with some garlic or ginger juice to help boost the antibacterial effects.
- Flax seed oil is a natural anti-inflammatory and can be taken to help ease wheezing.
- Make a poultice by warming some mustard oil slightly, then adding camphor powder and spreading on the chest. Leave for 15 minutes then wash away.
- Gingko biloba tea helps to boost lung function.