Over 50,000,000 people in America suffer from allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. A common side effect of allergies is wheezing. Wheezing is produced when a person's airways become restricted and air is forced through them. The narrowing of the airways can cause an asthmatic response if not treated immediately. Knowing how to stop wheezing from allergies is essential for those who suffer from allergies and asthma.
Things you need
Take an over-the-counter antihistamine. Choose between the two types of allergy medication: sedative antihistamines or non-sedative antihistamines. Sedative antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine, tend to be more powerful and effect but will make a person feel drowsy and lethargic (not recommended if driving or operating heavy machineary). Non-sedative antihistamines, such as loratadine, typically come in 12 or 24-hour doses and do not cause drowsiness when taken appropriately. Decide if you need to see a doctor for a prescription medication to treat your allergies.
Take an expectorant such as guaifenesin to assist the body in breaking down any mucus in the chest. After 30 minutes of taking an expectorant, force yourself to cough to effectively rid the throat and chest of any mucus causing wheezing.
Drink plenty of liquids to provide the body with enough water to flush itself. Drink herbal teas every 15 to 30 minutes such as peppermint or chamomile to sooth the inflamed airways. Drink other hot liquids to relax the muscles that are causing the wheezing. Avoid caffeinated beverages as they can dry out the throat.
Avoid allergens that will irritate the wheezing more. Avoid triggers such as tobacco smoke, alcohol and pet dander. Stay away from mucus producing foods and drink such as dairy, highly processed sugars and wheat products. Use air filters to prevent airborne irritants such as dust and pollen. Stay indoors to minimise exposure to outdoor allergens.
Things you need
- Hot tea
- Air filter