Asthma is a respiratory condition, which is associated with narrowing of the air passages, either due to an autoimmune response to an allergy or some other pathology. Wheezing refers to the high pitched sound made by the air, as it passes through the narrow air passage. The sound is heard when an individual exhales, though in severe cases it can be heard during inhalation as well. Wheezing is one of the most important symptoms associated with asthma.
Wheeze is a coarse and continuous whistling sound which is produced from the airways during breathing.It is not a normal sound and often heard when the air passage is obstructed or narrowed due to some pathology. Occasionally, high air flow velocity can also result in wheezing sounds.
In order to hear wheezing sounds, doctors often use a stethoscope and ask the patient to exhale. Though a very common symptom associated with asthma, wheezing is also observed in a wide range of other respiratory problems including pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and certain vocal cord problems.
The location of the wheeze is an important clue for making the diagnosis of Asthma.Diffused wheezing is often an indication of asthma, while localized wheezing indicative of occlusion of the respiratory tree due to a tumor or a foreign body. Wheezing, when associated with rales is often an indicative of fluid collection in the lung, observed in cases of infectious diseases like tuberculosis or in chronic alcoholics.
Symptoms Of Asthma Wheezing
Wheezing is an important indicative symptom which is associated with Asthma. However, there are certain other symptoms which may point towards the condition,
- Coughing which is often worse at night and during the early hours of morning is a very important symptom of asthma. This complaint often results in sleep disturbances among the patients.
- Tightness in the chest and a sensation as if the chest is getting squeezed.
- Shortness of breath or breathlessness is another important symptom. Respiration is a natural process and occurs without consciousness. However, due to obstruction of the air passage, forceful expiration is required, which often results in breathlessness.
Home Remedies For Wheezing With Asthma
Asthma is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system of the body is triggered by an allergen which results in constriction of the respiratory passages. One of the key treatments to prevent asthma attacks is to identify the allergens and avoid them as much as possible. These allergens can include pollen, dust, mites or even certain types of foods, drinks, etc. Stress can also trigger an asthma attack.
Here are some simple treatment options,
- Homeopathic drugs Antimony Tart and Pulsatilla are considered beneficial in the management of asthma. Homeopathic drugs are beneficial in managing an acute episode of asthma.
- Yoga and Pranayama exercises have been known to improve the lung capacity and eventually beneficial in controlling the severity and frequency of asthma attacks.
- Aromatherapy is considered equally beneficial. Aroma oils like lavender and clove oil have been associated with profound benefits. However using aromatherapy in conjunction with yoga and homeopathy gives the most beneficial results.