Take all of your medications, especially respiratory inhalers, as directed.
Sitting in an area where there is moist, heated air may help relieve some symptoms. This can be done running a hot shower or by using a vaporizer.
Call your health care provider if:
If wheezing is severe or occurs with severe shortness of breath, you may have to go directly to the nearest emergency department.
Your doctor will perform a physical examination and ask questions about your medical history and symptoms, including:
The physical examination may include listening to the lung sounds (auscultation). If your child is the one with symptoms, the doctor will make sure he or she did not swallow a foreign object.
Tests that may be done include:
See also: Asthma
A hospital stay may be needed if:
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Szefler SJ. Advances in pediatric asthma in 2009: gaining control of childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010 Jan;125(1):69-78.
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