What Does Bronchospasm Feel Like?


What are the symptoms of bronchospasm?

Common symptoms of bronchospasm include:

  • pain, tightness, and a feeling of constriction in the chest and back.
  • difficulty getting enough air or breathing.
  • a wheezing or whistling sound when inhaling.
  • coughing.
  • feeling tired or exhausted for no apparent reason.
  • feeling light-headed or dizzy.

How long does it take to get over bronchospasm?

An episode of bronchospasm may last 7 to 14 days. Medicine may be prescribed to relax the airways and prevent wheezing. Antibiotics will be prescribed only if your healthcare provider thinks there is a bacterial infection. Antibiotics do not help a viral infection.

Are bronchial spasms dangerous?

Bronchospasms are a serious potential complication of placing a breathing tube during general anesthesia. When the airways spasm or constrict in response to the irritating stimulus of the breathing tube, it is difficult to maintain the airway and the patient can become apneic.

How do you treat bronchospasm?

Treatment. Treatment of bronchospasm usually starts with inhaled medications known as short-acting beta2-agonists. Ventolin or Proventil (albuterol) are common medications that may be used if you are having difficulty breathing or shortness of breath. Albuterol helps to open up your airways.