Wheezing can be an indication of simple medical problems or more serious medical complications. If you have no idea why you or a family member has developed wheezing, contact a doctor immediately. However, taking care of wheezing can often be taken care of at home. There are many remedies, ranging from natural to medication that can help to ease the wheezing of a cough.
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Things you need
- Warm shower
- Inhalers, if prescribed
Jump into a warm shower. If that is not possible, close your shower curtain, and turn the water on hot. Sit near the shower and breath in normally. The steam from the shower should soothe you. Often times, this will ease the wheezing until medications take effect or until you can contact a doctor.
Use an old-fashioned vaporiser. The new vaporisers are more user friendly. Some merely work on water and steam, but others have a compartment to place medication such as Vick's Vapor Rub.
Use Vick's Vapor rub on the chest, with a warm towel placed over it. You do not want to use a hot towel as it will burn the skin, and it will cause the vapour rub to burn also. Make sure that the vapour rub and towel are on the upper part of the chest. Fumes should be able to enter the breathing passages.
Drink herbal teas. Liquorice tea is the best option. Place a teaspoon full of liquorice tea brew in a hot cup of water. Within five to ten minutes of drinking the tea, wheezing should decrease. If wheezing is due to asthma or bronchitis, drinking coffee can also help. The caffeine opens up the bronchial passages, making it easier to breathe. That can certainly reduce wheezing.
Use your inhalers or nebuliser immediately. If you have medications for wheezing due to asthma, emphysema or bronchitis, use them before trying any other remedies. The medications alone should ease the wheezing. If not, contact your doctor immediately.
Tips and warnings
- Never try to diagnosis wheezing on your own. Wheezing can be a sign of a simple chest cold or something much more serious. Always contact your doctor for a diagnosis.
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