Wheezing is a form of breathing difficulty that can be very serious. Any form of wheezing, shortness of breath, or stridor (noisy breathing) can be a medical emergency. Top of the list of causes for wheezing are a number of potentially fatal diseases such as: asthma attack, whooping cough, epiglottitis, croup, foreign body inhalation (choking), and other causes. Seek immediate medical help for wheezing or similar breathing symptoms.
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- Medical Emergency Conditions: A medical emergency requires immediate professional medical care, with the calling of ambulance or other emergency services. Emergency first aid
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- Asthma: Asthma is a chronic lung disease that involves inflammation and narrowing of the airways. This results in symptoms such as
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- Whooping Cough: Whooping cough, also called Pertussis, is a respiratory infection that is well-known for its characteristic cough. Whooping cough is
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- Epiglottitis: Epiglottitis is an inflammation or infection of the epiglottis, which is the small flap in the back of the throat
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- Croup: Croup is an inflammation of the airways, usually caused by a viral infection. The hallmark symptom of croup is a
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