HomeAnswersMedical GastroenterologywheezingI have GERD and hear a wheezing noise when I exhale very hard. Can an esophagus inflammation cause this?

What causes a wheezing noise when exhaling hardly?


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Published At October 6, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I had bloating, and I was recently diagnosed with GERD. Currently, I am taking Prilosec once a day. Most of the acidity is gone now. However, I hear a small wheezing noise when I exhale very hard. This is only heard if I force the noise to come. Breathing has been fine. Can an esophagus inflammation cause this? I am having really bad anxiety because of it.

Answered by Dr. Ghulam Fareed


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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Ghulam Fareed


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have reviewed your case history (attachments are hidden to protect the patient's identity). So your GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is nothing to do with your end expiratory wheeze. Both systems are very different, the esophagus versus the trachea and bronchial tree. Both are different and not connected to each other. Your acidity is already getting better, so you are on the right medicine. Regarding your mild wheeze, you should be looking for some allergies, leading to reactive airways like pollen or seasonal allergies, etc. By the way, I have seen your body weight too. You would be in the overweight category as per your BMI. Ideally, it should be reduced too. Nothing to worry about regarding your symptoms, especially when no issue with breathing and acidity is already improving.

Wishing you an excellent health.

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

Kind regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Ghulam Fareed
Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Medical Gastroenterology

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