The Signs And Symptoms Of Asthma

Millions of people suffer from asthma and many of these people might not be aware of this. This is particularly true if the signs and symptoms of their asthma are not severe. It is important that you know what the common signs and symptoms of asthma are in both adults and children.

Common Symptoms In Adults

The common symptoms of asthma in adults will be slightly different from those in children. The most common sign is coughing during exercise, when laughing or during the night. Another common sign is difficulty breathing.

Shortness of breath and tightness in the chest are other signs to look for. A wheezing sound when breathing is another sign. This sign can also manifest as a squeaky or whistling sound in the chest when you breathe, particularly when you exhale.

If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you visit an allergist for a diagnosis. Untreated asthma can be very serious and in some cases deadly. The allergist will not only diagnose the cause, they will also create an asthma action plan.

Common Symptoms In Children

Children who have asthma will generally show signs of this before they turn 5. The problem is that the signs of asthma can be hard for parents and doctors to recognize at this young age. This does not mean that there are no common signs that you should be aware of.

One of the common signs of pediatric asthma is coughing, particularly at night. This can often be attributed to chest colds and other illnesses that irritate the small bronchial tubes. This nagging cough can linger for days or weeks.

Another sign that is similar to adult asthma is a whistling or wheezing sound when breathing. This sound will be greater when exhaling. Frequent colds that settling in the chest are another sign of asthma. Trouble breathing or fast breathing are another sign. This breathing will often cause the skin around the neck and ribs to be pulled tight.

asthma attack

Children can suffer from one or more of these symptoms. If the symptoms recur, it is a sign of asthma and not a cold. The symptoms your child has will often worsen when they are around asthma triggers.  For some children, asthma attack can be fatal.  Children may panic when they start to have difficulty breathing.  The panic will will further worsen the asthma which can be dangerous.  Parents need to know when to quickly bring their kid to get urgent care help from the nearest clinic.

Asthma Triggers

There are a lot of different triggers which can cause an asthma attack or an increase in the severity of asthma symptoms. The most common trigger is exposure to an allergen. This will include dust mites, pollen, animal dander, and ragweed. Irritants in the air such as smoke and fumes can also trigger asthma. Extreme weather conditions are another trigger that you will need to be aware of.

Triggers that many people do not consider are the emotional ones. A display of strong emotion which affects your breathing such as crying or laughing can trigger asthma. The rapid breathing that is associated with certain emotional displays will cause the bronchial tubes to constrict and trigger asthma attacks.

There are many signs and symptoms of asthma that you should know about in both adults and children. Many of these symptoms can be mistaken for cold and other ailments. If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, a visit to an allergist is recommended.

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