Suffer from Wheezing? Manage it with These 12 Remedies

Wheezing (which takes the form of a high-pitched whistling sound) is common among many individuals. According to a study conducted by a group of professors in 2014, about 56.34%  of participants used to suffer from this condition. Wheezing can be serious. If left untreated it can lead to bronchitis and pneumonia, endangering your life. 



What Causes Wheezing?

People who have asthma or respiratory problems are the most vulnerable to wheezing. Wheezing is a result of the airway passages getting blocked due to dust, mucus, sputum or phlegm. With the airway path obstructed, oxygen cannot move easily. Some other causes of wheezing might come from:

• A constant and severe cough and cold
• Anaphylaxis (an allergic response that hinders, congests and hurts the air path)
• Swallowing a foreign object
• Inflammation, constriction, irritation of the vocal cord
• Dust or pollution
• Acidity and acid reflux
• Smoking, or second-hand smoke
• Family history of wheezing


1. Steam therapy
One of the easiest and fastest ways to stop wheezing is through steam therapy which helps to get rid of dust, mucus or thick phlegm that has obstructed and clogged your throat. Just pour boiling water into a large bowl and add some drops of essential oil, either peppermint or eucalyptus oil. Cover your head with a towel and lean over the bowl. Inhale the steam emitted from the hot water through your nose and also through your mouth for 10 to 15 minutes.  Repeat twice a day. 

2. How shower
Hot showers help reduce dust, phlegm and mucus. Simply take a hot shower for about 5 minutes, allowing the bathroom to steam, like a sauna. Do so twice a day. This natural remedy will also help open your pores, removing dust from your body. 

3. Warm fluids
Drinking warm fluids can help soothe your airways. Opt for warm water. This helps prevent mucus from developing in the airway tracts. Furthermore, if you're experiencing wheezing, consume hot soups or porridge instead of  solids as this can make the situation worse, provoking buildups. Drink herbal teas like ginger, licorice or chamomile to keep wheezing at bay and stay away from dairy products. 

4. Gargle with salt water
Salt water contains anti-bacterial properties. So gargling may help reduce wheezing or coughing by eliminating the mucus clinging to your airway passages. Simply add 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water, stirring until the salt dissolves. Gargle within 30 to 60 seconds and repeat every hour. 


5. Use nasal drops
Nasal drops can help ease your wheezing situation. Just two to three drops can help your breathe more easily instantly. Prior to using this treatment, ask your doctor for advice. 

6. Garlic
Garlic is full of medicinal properties. It can be used to enhance the immune system, which helps combat sickness and diseases. Garlic will help eliminate the bacteria blocking the airway passages. If you are unable to take it raw, cook with garlic as often as you can.


7. Ginger
Ginger is an excellent remedy for respiratory issues like asthma, coughing, wheezing and the flu. It cleans and gets rid of blockages in breathing tubes, and reduces and prevents inflammation. This will ultimately lead to a decrease in wheezing. Either eat alone, or mixed with salads. Drink ginger tea, either alone or together with honey. 

8. Figs
A rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin B, zinc and iron, figs are believed to heal inflammation in the throat and airway tube by draining out extra mucus. Figs are also said to relieve pain and decline stress on the vocal cords. Simply soak them overnight. Next morning, eat the soaked figs and drink the soaking water. 

9. Red Chili
Eating red chili is beneficial to our health and helps reduce wheezing too. It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, copper, iron and potassium. Eating spicy food has been shown to stop wheezing instantly through releasing sinus congestion. Enjoy this spice to the fullest by combining it with other food.

10. Yogurt
It may come as a surprise that yogurt is able to stop wheezing. It is rich in vitamin B12 and it's very effective in boosting the function of the lungs, as well as easing inflammation in the throat and airway passages. Eat twice a day to fight against coughing and wheezing. 

11. Turmeric
Curcumin, found in turmeric makes a wonderful treatment for wheezing. It can also be used to heal injuries or scars on the body. Just add a teaspoon of turmeric into warm water, along with honey for extra benefits. Then stir until it is dissolved completely. Drink the remedy twice a day. 

12. Mint
Mint has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which gives it the ability to ease sore throats, or irritating respiratory problems. Mint can also help get rid of phlegm clinging to the airway passages as a result of wheezing.


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