What is a Wheeze

Wheeze is a high pitched, whistling sound that occurs when you breathe. It is a very common symptom, especially in young children and infants and is often mistaken for a rattle. It usually occurs when breathing out, when the airways are narrowed. The sound is generated from the air moving through the narrowed airways.


 This article has been written by Paediatrician and Pulmonologist, Dr Salome Abbott (MBBCh (Wits), FCPaed(SA), MMed(Paed), DipAllerg(SA), Dip Paed Resp Med (Europe), Cert Paed Pulmonology(SA))

Dr Abbott currently has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti and Kingsbury Hospitals in Cape Town. The focus of her practice is treating children with respiratory diseases such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and other chronic lung problems. Tel: 021 506 5228 or for full contact details please CLICK HERE