When to see a doctorBy Mayo Clinic staff
Talk to your doctor if wheezing is happening for the first time, if it's a recurrent, unexplained problem, or if it's accompanied by:
- Difficulty breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Altered mental state
- Allergic reaction to an insect bite or medication
Seek emergency care if wheezing is severe or results in:
- An inability to catch a breath
- Hives and swelling in the face or throat
To ease wheezing, try these tips:
- Breathe moisturized air. Sit in the bathroom with the door closed while running a hot, steamy shower or use a vaporizer. Moist, warm air may help relieve wheezing in some instances.
- Take all prescribed medications as directed, especially respiratory inhalers.
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