Suburban Allergy Consultants
Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Narberth, Havertown, West Chester, West Grove, & Coatesville, PA
If you notice a whistling or wheezing sound every time you breathe in or out, you should schedule a consultation at Suburban Allergy Consultants with offices in Narberth, West Chester, West Grove, Coatesville, and Havertown, Pennsylvania. The experienced allergy, asthma, and immunology experts can determine if your wheezing is a sign of a more serious underlying condition that needs treatment. On-site lung testing provides the answers you want to get the treatment you need. Schedule an evaluation with Corinna Bowser MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI, or Andrew Murphy MD, FAAAAI, for wheezing today by phone. Alternatively, you can request one online.
Wheezing Q & A
What causes wheezing?
Wheezing is a side effect of underlying health issues that cause your breathing to sound like a whistle or high-pitched noise. Wheezing sounds can generally be heard when you breathe air in and out of your lungs.
Typically, any issue that blocks your airways can result in wheezing, such as:
- Sleep apnea
In many of these cases, it’s inflammation in the esophagus that leads to persistent wheezing. While mild wheezing that develops along with a cold usually resolves on its own, chronic or croupy wheezing can be the first indication you have a more serious underlying health issue.
For this reason, it’s important you schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Suburban Allergy Consultants as soon as possible.
How is wheezing diagnosed?
The board-certified physicians at Suburban Allergy Consultants perform a physical evaluation of your overall health and carefully listen to the wheezing sounds to pinpoint the cause of your condition.
The team offers on-site lung function testing that measures how much and how well you can move air in and out of your lungs. This type of test can help your provider determine if your wheezing is the result of asthma.
In some cases, the Suburban Allergy Consultants team may request an exhaled nitric oxide test. This type of noninvasive testing measures the level of nitric oxide gas in a sample of your exhaled breath to determine if you have lung inflammation due to asthma.
How is wheezing treated?
Depending on the cause of your wheezing, your Suburban Allergy Consultants provider creates a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
If you have wheezing caused by asthma, your doctor can recommend short-acting and long-acting medications to treat wheezing and other asthma symptoms and prevent new ones.
If you wheeze because of an infection, you may need a course of antibiotics to clear it and prevent a worsening or the spread of the infection.
When chronic wheezing relates to a more serious lung disease, your Suburban Allergy Consultants provider can refer you for additional treatment with a lung specialist.
Don’t ignore persistent wheezing. You can schedule an evaluation at the Suburban Allergy Consultants by phone, or you can request one using the online booking tool.
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