Wheezing colds are characterized by coughing that causes shortness of breath, heavy contraction of the chest and a wheezing sound. They are common in people who suffer from asthma but they can also occur in those with allergies or who are heavy smokers.
Find out the cause of the wheezing. If you suffer from asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphyzema, your doctor may recommend specific remedies to treat the problem, such as antibiotics. Since wheezing can also be caused by a heart that's not pumping properly, you may also need to run a few diagnostic tests to rule out more serious problems.
Go to the emergency room if the wheezing is accompanied by chest pain, difficulty breathing, nausea or hyperventilating, as these could indicate an asthma attack (even if you haven't been previously diagnosed with it). A simple way to determine whether this is a simple wheezing cold or something that requires emergency treatment is to cough a few times to try to clear the airways. If the wheezing stops, even temporarily, after a few coughs, then it's probably nothing serious and could be treated at home.
Have some caffeine. A cup of black coffee, some cola or even tea can dilate blood vessels and help your lungs relax enough to ease the coughing. This works especially well in cases of wheezing colds caused by something other than asthma.
Try over-the-counter drugs that contain epinephrine. Although not the best option for those who suffer from asthma, it may be the ideal solution if you have nothing else at hand and need quick relief until you can see a doctor. Just keep its usage to a minimum, as they can cause heart palpitations and high blood pressure in certain cases.
Ask your doctor for a prescription containing antihistamine or corticosteroids to treat wheezing colds that seem to recur frequently (both medications will produce a favorable result over time, rather than immediately). For more immediate relief, keep prescriptions containing bronchodilator drugs at hand, as they can relieve a wheezing cold with just a dose or two.