A stethoscope is a medical device designed to listen to body sounds for diagnostic purposes. It’s an inexpensive tool for listening to breathing patterns and hearing subtle changes, including wheezing that’s not audible without the device or the absence of sounds – a very dangerous sign. Everyone has a distinct breathing pattern. When that breathing pattern changes, it usually signifies something is brewing.

When asthma is triggered by infections, episodes progress very quickly from congestion to pneumonia. Stethoscopes address developments quickly, giving you extra time for medicines to kick in and get to the hospital if that is what is required. Stethoscopes are not difficult to use. Discuss with your doctor if one is good for your family.