Wheezing is a sound, very similar to that produced when you blow a whistle, softly. However, wheezing, while breathing, may be a symptom of an underlying disease. Wheezing usually happens while breathing in oxygen. While breathing out, a milder sound is produced.
Wheezing can be symptom of:
- Congestion in the chest.
- Nasal blockage.
- Severe cough and cold or bronchitis.
- Heart Ailments.
Usually, when wheezing happens due to reasons like cold, cough or chest congestion, the condition resolves as the ailment resolves. However, for continued wheezing, without any apparent reason, it is better to consult a doctor and undergo tests prescribed. The ENT Specialists usually prescribe a Chest X-ray, a Spirometry test (it is a kind of breathing test) and certain blood tests to determine the presence of allergies caused due to bacterial action.
When the pathological tests reveal no serious ailment, there is no reason why natural home remedies should not be tried to control wheezing. Unlike allopathic medicines which cause side effects, home remedies are entirely natural and safe.
Some home remedies are:
- Boil water in a wide-mouthed vessel.
- Put some oregano or basil leaves while the water is boiling.
- You may even add some mint leaves.
- Once the steam appears, remove the vessel and inhale the vapours.
- For better results, cover your head with a cotton towel which should act as a cover foru and the vessel. This would retain steam for a longer time.
- Steaming relieves chest congestion and nose block. This, in turn, would mean that the wheezing too, vanishes.
- Take a hot water bottle.
- While resting on the bed, place the bottle on your chest.
- Do not place the bottle directly on the bare chest.
- Place a light cotton cloth between the chest and the hot water bottle. This prevents accidental scalding of the skin.
- Place the bottle on the chest for approximately fifteen minutes.
- This action, if done twice in a day, would relieve chest congestion. It liquifies the mucus and thus makes it easy to be eliminated through cough.
- Warm some sesame or camphor oil.
- Let the oil turn lukewarm.
- Massage this oil in the chest and throat area.
- Be gentle while massaging.
- If done regularly, massage relieves chest congestion and strengthens the chest muscles.
Lemon, ginger and honey:
- Unpeel a piece of ginger, crush it and extract the juice.
- Add the juice of half a lemon to this.
- Take a teaspoon of honey and mix this too with the ginger and lemon juice.
- Now, mix the above juice in about a glass of lukewarm water.
- Drink this, twice a day, during sickness.
- After cure too, you can continue with this drink, every morning.
Ginger, pepper and cardamom Tea:
- Crush ginger, powder a few black peppercorns and take a little ground cardamom.
- Boil all the above in water and then add tea leaves.
- Add a teaspoon of honey and drink this tea, twice or thrice, during wheezing.
- The above remedy is very effective to get rid of conditions like cough, chest congestion, sinusitis etc.
How to manage a healthy respiratory system to get rid of wheezing:
- Eat vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C.
- Maintain hygiene. Frequent washing of hands with sanitizers will help in preventing allergies spread through contact with a patient.
- Practise yoga. Some yogic postures help in respiratory problems like cough, wheezing, asthma etc. Yoga works on the body in a gradual and phased manner. By enabling better breathing, it ensures optimum supply of oxygen to the various parts of the body. It ultimately strengthens the immune system.