Asthma Symptoms

Asthma is a chronic lung condition, where the breathing passageways are extra sensitive to certain things such as dust or pollen. When a person is exposed to any of these things, their extra sensitive lungs react and make it very difficult to breathe. This response of the lungs is commonly referred to as an Asthma attack. The signs of Asthma can be minor and progress to be extremely difficult to live with.

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With the research and scientific information available now, there is no cure for Asthma. However, with proper treatment and learning to identify the signs and symptoms of Asthma early, you can lead a normal and active life.
Asthma symptoms vary widely and are different from to person to person, and it is true that people who have asthmatic symptoms may not have Asthma. This is because, many of the symptoms of Asthma are common reactions to allergies and other respiratory diseases.
Llisted below are symptoms for Asthma:
• Coughing frequently, usually the coughing is worst at night and early in the morning, this is one of the reasons people with asthma find it difficult to sleep at night
• Tightness in the chest, as if it feels like someone is sitting on your chest or that it is being squeezed
• Shortness of breath, the feeling of not being able to get air out of your lungs, and not being able to catch your breath
• Wheezing, which is when you make a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe, this can start as a mild sound but it can be very severe
• Feeling exhausted and weak while exercising, and feeling tired in general and getting upset quickly
• Having symptoms of a cold or allergies, such as runny nose, sneezing, congestion, head ache and sore throat
Asthma symptoms need to be treated seriously. Sometimes these symptoms can just be annoying, but sometimes they interfere with your daily life and stop you from doing your normal activities. If you are experiencing one or more of these signs of Asthma, it is best to consult with your doctor and get a proper diagnoses. Early detection of asthma will help your ability to control it and live normally.
When a person with Asthma is exposed to an element that triggers the lungs to overreact, what is happening to the lungs is primarily two things:
1. The airways get inflamed inside, becoming swollen and red, and they fill up with mucus. The combination of swelling and mucus make the air passage extremely narrow, making it very difficult for air to pass through.
2. The muscles surrounding the airways become twitchy and start to spasm, which makes the muscles squeeze together and tighten. This further adds to reducing the space in the passageway for air. This is why you suddenly find yourself struggling for your breath.
Even if you have suffered with chronic Asthma for years, scientists are continually giving new information and shedding light on what causes the attacks and how to deal with them. This makes it important that you continue to read and stay up to date with information.
These are some triggers of Asthma symptoms, some of which you may not be aware:
• A specific thing you are allergic to, such as pollen form grass, flowers or trees, dust, animal fur, mold and cockroaches
• Food and drink that contain sulfites
• Some medications, such as aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
• If you have a cold or flu, your air passageways will become swollen and red
• Breathing in polluted air, chemicals, smoke or very cold air will cause them to spasm and tighten
• Exercising can induce as attack, only exercise, once you have gotten used to controlling your symptoms for Asthma
There are ways you can see the signs and symptoms of Asthma and take some precautions to prevent an attack. If dust is a trigger for you, wearing a mask to cover your nose, when you have a situation where you have to deal with dust, or completely avoiding the situation are some ways to prevent an attack.
If you are allergic to pollen, you may find your symptoms of Asthma increase or decrease at different times of the year depending on what is blossoming. As this is not in your control, in an extreme case, you may have to change location to get relief. With time and practice, protecting your lungs will become a habit, and you can live a normal and active life.

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