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How do I find out what's causing my wheezing?

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Your doctor will ask questions about your symptoms and what triggers them. They'll listen to your lungs with a stethoscope to hear where the wheezing is and how much you have.

Your doctor will probably ask you to do a breathing test (spirometry). They 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 other tests your doctor may use to confirm allergies, like skin testing or blood tests.

SOURCES: 

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z." 

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

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 7, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Lung Association: "Diseases A-Z." 

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

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 7, 2019

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