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Lung diseases

Wheezing

09/28/2009

Question:

I went to my doctor becuase of a bad cough and short of breath. He listened to my lungs and said that he could hear a wheezing when I exhales. He said since I don`t have asthma or don`t smoke that he should have not herd any thing. He thinks that it is some type of infection. What else could cause wheezing on exhale?

Answer:

Certainly an infection (acute bronchitis) would be the most likely cause and should improve with a few days to week. Other causes would be asthma (could come on at any time), foreign body or obstructing mass in airway (very, very rare) or a vocal cord problem.

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Response by:

James   Knepler, MD James Knepler, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati