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How do I find out the cause of my wheezing?

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To determine the cause of your wheezing, your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and what triggers them. For example, if you have no history of lung disease and you always wheeze after eating a certain food or at a certain time of year, the doctor may suspect that you have a food or respiratory allergy.

Your doctor will listen to your lungs with a stethoscope to hear where the wheezing is and how much you have.

If this is the first time you've been evaluated, your doctor will probably ask you to do a breathing test (spirometry). He might also order a chest X-ray.

Other blood tests and procedures may be necessary, depending on what the doctor learns from interviewing and examining you.

If it seems like allergies may be related to your wheezing, there are a variety of other tests your doctor may use to confirm allergies, including skin testing or blood tests.

SOURCES: 

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z." 

Albert, RH.   December 01, 2010. American Family Physician,

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Wheezing."

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z." 

Albert, RH.   December 01, 2010. American Family Physician,

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Wheezing."

UpToDate.com. “Patient information: Allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Boehringer Ingelheim: "US FDA Expands Approval of Tiotropium Respimat® for Maintenance Treatment of Asthma in Children."

FDA. Prescribing Information: Spiriva Respimat.

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 6, 2017

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