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All you Should Know About Noisy Breathing


Abnormal breathing sounds heard on inhalation and exhalation.

Noisy breathing is common, especially in children.

- Self-diagnosable
- Affects both sexes
- Treatment options available
- Lab tests, scans, imaging may be required.

Noisy breathing is of three types:
A. Stertor: Noise created at the back of the nose or throat. It is low-pitched and sounds like nasal congestion associated with a cold.
B. Stridor: A higher-pitched noise that occurs with obstruction in or just below the voice box.
C. Wheezing: A high-pitched noise that occurs during expiration or inspiration.


1. Inflammation and narrowing of the airway
2. Asthma
3. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
4. Heart failure
5. Lung cancer
6. Sleep apnea
7. Pneumonia
8. Epiglottitis
9. Bronchitis
10. Allergies
11. Smoking and many more


People may experience:
1. Difficulty in breathing
2. Nose flaring
3. Poor weight gain or weight loss
4. Drooling
5. Rapid and pauses in breathing
6. Briefly bluish colored skin


Self-care: Smoking cessation, yoga, drinking fluids, and humidifying the air are recommended.
Medications: Certain antioxidants and inhalers are helpful to obtain relief.
Specialists: Consult an otolaryngologist for other concerns. In serious cases, surgeries such as arytenoidectomy, cordectomy, tracheostomy, and open surgery may be required. At mfine we provide a comprehensive treatment plan for your optimum health.

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