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Chronic Wheezing from Throat on Exhalation

Hi. I'm a 27 year old male.

About a year ago, I went to a football game, ended up spending a few hours out in the cold, and subsequently came down with a cold.

The cold left me with a wheezing that I can hear only when I exhale forcefully. It has been about a year, and the wheezing still persists, shows improvement at times, but never goes away completely. The wheezing comes strictly from the throat.

I saw one doctor about it, and she put me on an abuterol inhaler. She did not seem too concerned with it and thought it would probably go away with time. It hasn't. She listened to my lungs and said they sounded OK.

I was a smoker for many years since I was 16, but have since quit due to this. It's not just the wheezing either, the throat just does not feel right. It is difficult to describe. I remember I used to be able to feel airflow through my throat, especially cold air in the winter. But it is as if there is decreased sensation or the tissue is numb and I do not really feel the airflow anymore and it's gotten to the point where I am starting to question if I ever had the sensation of airflow through the throat or I am just imagining things. The throat is not necessarily tight, nor do I have a lump in my throat, nor is there any pain, but it simply does not feel right.

I have never had asthma or asthma attacks, thankfully.

I want to see an ENT specialist about it, because the last doctor I went to didn't seem to get to the bottom of it, and it is not going away. Of course that will take some time to get set up, and so I thought I would ask here for information in the mean time.

Thanks. Smile
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replied February 2nd, 2010
wheezing
Hi, I saw this didn't get any replies. I'm a 25 year old male. I just wanted to say I suffer from the same wheezing, and I had a chest x-ray done and I've been checked by two GPs and they say there is nothing wrong. I had my original bout of cold in July, and had wheezing (specifically only when exhaling forcefully) all the way to December. My wheezing has lessened significantly since the end of December, but I'd like to stress it has improved very gradually. Whenever it flares up, I use my albuterol inhaler with mixed results. But it may just be a matter of time for your symptoms to improve. I'm not sure.
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replied February 7th, 2010
Ok, I have an update. I saw an ENT doctor. He looked in my throat with this scope that was a thin cable that went up my nose and down into my throat.

He said for the most part he saw nothing out the ordinary. Which was a relief, because of course one of my biggest fears was that I had throat cancer or something serious like that.

But he did say one of my vocal cord flaps was enlarged and stretched a little bit. He called it plica ventriculosis.

I did mention I came down with this after a football game. So it could be possible I did damage to my vocal cord area by screaming. I'm an nfl season ticket holder. The game this happened after, I did scream louder than I had all year. When I yelled during that game it was like I used something other than my normal vocal cords, it was like I used an upper gear to yell louder, which might have been the ventricular folds, and as a result, maybe they took damage.

I mentioned originally that I thought I had a cold after the football game. Maybe I didn't have a cold, and it was antibodies reacting to the tissue damage in my throat.

If this is the case, it seems the damage could be permanent, because it has persisted for over a year. I'm still on the albuterol inhaler, which helps reduce the sound of the wheezing. He also put me on a steroid, Medrol, which is an anti-inflammatory. I'm also supposed to take Mucinex. I'm trying not to exhale forcefully to keep checking on it. And I'm trying to rest my voice as much as possible in hopes that the tissue will tighten back up.

I wonder if the tissue does not rebound on it's own if there might be surgery to correct it. I'm not opposed to the idea of surgery if it's not too risky. I don't want to change the quality of my voice or anything like that. But the wheezing is annoying.

In any case, I'm relieved to know it's possibly not cancer or something serious.

thanks Smile
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replied February 7th, 2010
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plica ventriculosis eh? I'm glad you, with the ENT docs help, found your answer. My asthma still flares up some nights but I believe it may be allergy related since I have two cats. Even though I am a huge fan of the Jaguars and Bills....I don't think I've yelled hard enough to cause any lasting damage that I'm aware of. n.n
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replied June 20th, 2010
Any further updates?
Ive had exactly the same symptoms as you all. I went to Vancouver for the Olympics, froze my butt off at one of the mogul events and had a cold and dry cough 2 days later. After a week of no improvement, I went on Augmentin for 6 days but no improvement. 2 weeks at home and still no improvement. Got pleurisy of the lungs and 2 broken ribs for which I had another course of Augmentin followed on by a course of Zithromax. Almost all the symptoms have cleared but my throat doesnt feel right and I have a constant low level wheeze in the top of my right lung / lower throat. I ve tried weeks of albuterol and sodium aerosol treatments as well as antihistimines but nothing seems to be working. Its month 5 now and I dont know where to turn. Anyone have any clues?
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replied February 8th, 2012
Chronic wheezing
I've had wheezing for at least six years and it isn't helped by Albuterol although for some dumb reason I keep using it. Went to the doc today as I've been experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness etc. as discussed. When I Googled "chronic wheezing" the first thing up is a blurb about Pulmonary Hypertension....sounds kind of like this might be the avenue to be explored, at least for myself. I'm a Raider fan, by the way, so no need to guess how I did this damage.
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replied June 4th, 2015
Wheezing from throat when exhaling
i have same issues, wheezing that comes strictly from throat and only when exhaling. i used to hear this type of wheeze when i was younger (10 - 12 years old), but now its so loud , you can even hear it . I have gone to 4 different pulmonary doctors, nothing wrong with my lungs, all cleared even though i used to smoke until 3 year ago. still , my wheeze has been there since i was younger, but now is getting worse and is causing me a lot of scratching feelings in my throat like i want to spit something out of my throat or lungs. this is terrifying my quality life, i dont even know what to do. i have been to 4 different pulmonary doctor, i have been to a neurologist, gastrology , nothing wrong, even though they have given me pills suspecting there is something just to test if there will be any improvements, but not improvements at all. I dont even know what to do next. im trying to stay calm because the anxiety will worsen what i already have , but i am still thinking and searching as what can i do?

Please email me or reply to this post if you have any suggestions please or experienced samething...thank you very much.
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replied January 28th, 2017
Wheezing on exhale
I know this was written a while back, but this is the only post I have found with similar symptoms as mine. I am also wheezing from my throat upon exhales and it is not with forceful breaths. I am usually resting watching television and I can hear the wheezing, it is everyday now for about 4 months. My Albuterol inhaler has no effect on it and I don't feel short of breath or tightening of my chest, only the loud wheeze. I do think it is phlegm. I haven't been to the doctor for it. I am thinking it is allergies and the cause is probably my indoor huskies, they shed a ton. Are you still wheezing or have you found the cause?
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replied January 15th, 2019
throat wheeze
For several months in the summer of 2018 I had an extremely irritating cough and throat wheeze. Eventually I went to the doctor and he said my lungs were fine and this summer has been problematic for the same symptoms. He prescribed Avamys and said I was allergic to something. I had returned to outdoor bowling and I have suffered in the past with hay fever. Almost 40 years ago I went to the hospital and was diagnosed with allergies for grass cuttings and pillow feathers. I took Ventolin haler for several years before I stopped taking it. Now into 2019 my throat wheeze has returned but not with a cough and only a slight phlegm first thing in the morning. I have started Avamys again and hopefully I can get red of the wheeze. Anyone else having success with Avamys?
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replied August 17th, 2016
Wheezing when forcefully exhaling
I had the same exact problems as all of you. I went to an ent and pulmonologist. The reason your Doctor said nothing was wrong is because there probably isn't. if you feel like something is wrong of course go to the doctor but once he says your ok believe the poor guy. this is apparently common problem. if you only wheeze when forcefully exhaling it is because you are doing it on purpose the doctor listens to your lungs hears no wheezing then now that he nows there's nothing wrong with you listens to your upper chest and throat and bam finds what he already knew all along the sound is coming form your throat. a perfectly healthy person can make themselves wheeze using there throat. while a sick persons wheeze originates in their lungs and is cause by restricting spasms of the throat.
your probably like me a former smoker with breathing problems so your scared for life with the feeling that you've ruined your lungs forever and this can make you into a hypochondriac. Again if your wheezing do go to the doctor but when he says your fine your fine.
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replied January 19th, 2017
I've had the same wheezing from my throat for a year or so. It seems to be worse after sleeping or laying down to watch tv. Anyone else?
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replied March 5th, 2017
Hello guys..i have the same problem like you. I have seen 11 specialist so far. But most of them concluded that the wheezing sound from throat is due to my anxiety disorder. I was like whattttt??.

Do you guys have anxiety issue as well?
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replied May 5th, 2019
I have had wheezing & coughing up lougies for months last year and this year. Three doctors told me there was nothing wrong. That it was most likely allergies causing asthmatic reaction. But they all mentioned that you can have reflux without knowing it.
Here are some things I have been doing to minimize the problem:

1) keep hydrated with 70oz water/day.
2) Inhale steam using Vick’s steamer $28/Walmart
3) use nebulizer to get albuterol deep into lungs
4) stopped coffee, chocolate & anything else that causes my reflux (Most important & may be the only thing u need)
5) prop bed up so stomach acid does not come up.
6) Gargle with warm water & salt

Check out: https://www.livestrong.com/article/494805- can-acid-reflux-cause-mucous-wheezing-afte r-eating/

Hope u find some relief.
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