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Wheezing (which takes the form of a high-pitched whistling sound) is common among many individuals.

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

Natural Remedies

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. Hot 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 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. Add Turmeric, Garlic and Garlic to your diet

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.

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.

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.

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.

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The views expressed in this article should not be considered as a substitute for a physician’s advice. Always make sure to seek a doctor or a professional’s advice before proceeding with the home treatment plan.

Author: txnaturalpediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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