Is caused by an allergic reaction to a bite or medication
If wheezing is severe or occurs with severe shortness of breath, you may have to go directly to the nearest emergency department.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
The doctor or nurse will perform a physical exam and ask about your medical history and symptoms. Questions about your wheezing may include when it started, how long it has lasted, when it is worse, and what might have caused it.
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.
The person needs to be closely watched by medical personnel
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Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial Team.