I am a 28 year old pretty healthy (minus a few extra pounds) female. Within the last few months I've noticed I have a small yet apparent "wheeze" at the end of most of my exhales. I have never had any breathing/lung issues and still feel fine/like I have no problems even with the wheeze. But it just is concerning that I all of a sudden have it. Is it nothing to worry about aslong as I feel okay/like I'm breathing okay? Should I be going on an inhaler to get rid of it even though I feel my breathing isn't altered by it?
Just for extra input, Im a former smoker for about 4 years (but haven't had in one over 8) - my o2 level is usually perfect, 98/99%, and at a recent hospital visit the doctor did discover a verrrrry tiny nodule on my lung, which I will be double checking on again in a few months to be assured it's nothing or gone. -I'm sure that probably has no correlation to the wheeze (hopefully) but just providing all pertinent information that could be needed to make a hypothesized potential diagnosis.
Looking forward to your response. Thanks.
Thanks for the query.
There are many causes for a wheeze. They include allergic wheeze, wheeze triggered due to exercise or heavy food or an emotional change and wheeze following a pulmonary obstructive airway disease. It could be any of the cause in you. Since you have a history of smoking, it could be attributed to that.
Inhalers are of 2 types. One, that give relief from symptoms and the other which suppress the chance of an attack.
They are used only of there is a bothersome wheeze affecting your regular activities.
Since the wheeze is short lived and there is non-impact on you, there is no need to start inhalers. Avoiding the trigger factors and quitting smoking will help. An x-ray and CT scan to localise the nodule may be needed.
There is nothing much to worry about regarding your condition.
Hope this helps.
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