Wheezing is the symptomatic manifestation of any disease process which causes airway obstruction. It is a musical, high pitched, adventitious sound generated anywhere from the larynx to the distal bronchioles during either expiration or inspiration.
Wheeze is the most common symptom of asthma in children under 5, but it does not always sound the same 1. Furthermore, children are more likely to require urgent health care than asthma sufferers of any age.2 The identification of wheeze is important for the asthmatic symptom control in children and to prevent attacks 1,3. However, wheeze is a subjective sound and can be described in many ways4. The conceptual understandings of the sound of wheeze for parents are different from epidemiology definitions5.
Moreover, poorly managed asthma can result in reduced quality of life for patients, a more regular need for healthcare resources, and substantial costs to public health services4,6.
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Asthma is one of the most common diseases in children. Asthma detection at an early stage and proper treatment can reduce the disease burden effectively.
Wheeze is a common respiratory symptom caused by narrowing airways. The large variations, however, make it difficult to distinguish wheeze from other lung sounds.
Asthma signs and symptoms are not the same with everyone. If asthma remains undiagnosed and not treated correctly, it can have serious health consequences.
1 Ng, Mark Chung Wai, and Choon How How. “Recurrent wheeze and cough in young children: is it asthma?.” Singapore medical journal 55.5 (2014): 236.
2 Moorman, Jeanne E., et al. “National surveillance of asthma: United States, 2001-2010.” Vital & health statistics. Series 3, Analytical and epidemiological studies 35 (2012): 1-58.
3 Patel, Pujan H., Vincent S. Mirabile, and Sandeep Sharma. “Wheezing.” StatPearls [Internet] (2020).
4 Gong, Henry. “Wheezing and asthma.” Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition (1990).
5 Cane, R. S., S. C. Ranganathan, and S. A. McKenzie. “What do parents of wheezy children understand by “wheeze”?.” Archives of disease in childhood 82.4 (2000): 327-332.
6 Caminati, Marco et al. “Uncontrolled Asthma: Unmet Needs in the Management of Patients.” Journal of asthma and allergy vol. 14 457-466. 3 May. 2021