Wheezing Cough | Read Home Remedies, Natural Treatment and Health Tips

Wheezing Cough

Wheezing is characterized by prolonged exhalation through an obstructed lower airway, bronchi and bronchioles.

Wheezing cough is especially seen in three clinical manifestations

  1. Bronchial asthma.
  2. Chronic bronchitis
  3. Tropical eosinophilia.
  • Invasion of allergens is the prime cause for wheezing cough apart from other obstructive causes which requires hospital management.
  • We can take care of wheezing cough during the initial stages with home remedies because wheezing for a longer duration and during a severe acute attack causes hypoxic changes which need to be stabilized in a hospital under supervision.
  • Usually allergens like pollen, feathers, food, fur, house mice and drugs lead to a wheezing attack.
  • Many people have a family history of specific allergies. Even aggravation can be seen due to specific factors like cold air, tobacco smoke, dust and acrid fumes, respiratory viral infection and stress.
  • This is usually recognized as “kapha” syndrome in ayurveda characterized by cough and wheeze and abundant white phlegm.
    Lungs are often congested and produce a whistling sound. Attacks are at kapha time- morning and evening.

Do’s, Don’t and Precautions to Take

  • Common foods which triggers are animal foods, milk products, mucous producing foods like curd, bananas, sugar, black gram etc. are to be avoided.
  • Drink plenty of liquids, 8-10 glasses a day, to keep secretions loose.
  • Avoid exposure to smoke, perfumes, paints and other strong chemical odors.
  • Make an effort to keep your bedroom allergens free. Sleep with a foam or cotton pillow.
  • Dust your room often, but not with a broomstick. Vacuum cleaning is the better option. Wear a dust filter mask when you do so.
  • Wear a scarf round your mouth and nose in cold weather.
  • During an acute attack sit up straight and bed forward. Do not lie down.
  • If you have an AC (air-conditioner) – change its filter regularly.

Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Wheezing Cough

  • During acute phase of wheezing, take a hot towel over chest and shoulder every 1/2hrly which will have a sedative effect on nerves and relaxing influence generally.
  • Hot water when sipped little by little provides relief.
  • Inhalation of steam is very effective in relieving spasms.
  • Turmeric paste used as a poultice on chest is very soothing.
  • Taking pippalee (piper longum) powder along with pure honey helps in subsiding wheezing cough.
  • During acute phase, drink some hot water a clove of garlic in it.
  • The rhizomes of turmeric are to be baked in hot sand slightly and made into fine powder. This is to be taken twice daily with sugar. (Minimum 3gms).
  • Mustard oil is also a good remedy. Take a spoonful with jaggery twice a day helps relieving wheezing cough.


  1. VJ said:

    Frequently getting wheezing and cough with stubborn mucus after menopause.

    July 8, 2013
    • PUP said:

      Cough and mucus has many reasons. It can be due to an allergy, especially dust allergy. It can also occur due to weather changes. It can be due to more serious conditions such as bronchitis, inflammation of bronchi (the air passage). Incorporate in your diet chicken soup, it is healthy and eases mucus to get expelled. Also drink enough water. Almonds are beneficial for dry cough. They should be soaked for an hour and brown skin is removed. Crush few almonds and take it with honey. Also eat few basil leaves they are natural remedy for cough. Onion is another effective remedy for expelling mucus.

      July 8, 2013

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