What is Wheezing?
Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling like sound made while breathing. It usually occurs during expiration (breathing out), but it can appear at inspiration (breathing in) as well.
Wheezing is a result of narrowing of the airways, usually due to inflammation or by a physical obstruction. It is typically accompanied by difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. The narrowing of the airways can be caused by inflammation caused by asthma, respiratory infection or allergic reaction. A physical obstruction can be from a tumour or a foreign object present in the airways.
Causes of Wheezing
The most common cause of recurrent wheezing is asthma. Other possible causes can include:
- Anaphylaxis (a very severe allergic reaction to allergenic triggers such as food, insect bite or medication)
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Epiglottitis (inflammation of the “lid” of your windpipe)
- Foreign object in the airways
- GERD — Gastroesophageal reflux disease
- Heart failure
- Lung cancer
- Aspirin or other medication
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Respiratory tract infection
- RSV (Respiratory syncytial virus)
- Sleep apnea
- Vocal cord dysfunction
Salt Therapy as Natural Treatment
Many breathing problems can be greatly improved by salt therapy. Salt therapy consists in breathing microscopic salt particles or salt aerosol. Salt has many beneficial properties, such as being antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Because of these, the microscopic salt particles act deep in the lungs, reducing inflammation, fighting infections, and clearing the stagnant mucus. This widens the airways and greatly improve breathing. As a result, more oxygen gets into the blood stream, more relaxed sleep and increase well-being will be noted. You can easily have salt therapy at home, using an ultrasonic salinizer. This salinizer releases tiny salt particles in the air and you can benefit from salt therapy during your sleep hours. It is quite that easy!