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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is bronchospasm?

Bronchospasm is a narrowing of your airway that usually comes and goes. It may make it hard for you to breathe. Severe bronchospasm may be life-threatening.

What increases my risk for bronchospasm?

Bronchospasms may be triggered by one or more of the following:

What are the signs and symptoms of bronchospasm?

How is bronchospasm diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your history of allergies, asthma, or illnesses. He or she will listen to your breathing. You may need the following:

How is bronchospasm treated?

The following medicines may help open your airway and reduce swelling in your lungs:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

How can I help prevent bronchospasms?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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