Wheezing can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'life-threatening'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose wheezing, we could:
Do you wheeze? If you are using respiratory medication (e.g. for asthma), tell us if you wheeze when you are not using it.
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ No, not at all
→ Only after exercise
→ Occasionally / slightly
→ Much of the time / severely
Patients with Carcinoid Syndrome sometimes have wheezing or asthma-like symptoms, making breathing difficult.