Asthma is the condition of inflammation of the airways with increased production of mucus inside the tube. People with asthma start experiencing the symptoms when the airways swell, tighten or fill with the sticky secretions (mucus).
Mild symptoms of asthma last a few minutes while severe asthma symptoms last for hours or days. Mild symptoms may be annoying for the patient while the severe symptoms are the real troublesome and they disturb the daily routine of a patient.
Symptoms of asthma along with their occurrence and severity may change with time.
There are millions of people around the world who suffer from asthma. And hundreds of them die every year. Asthma is a scary condition but still it can be controlled. But for controlling the disease, knowledge about the disease and its symptoms is necessary.
Some of the common symptoms of asthma are given below:
Coughing is the main symptom of asthma. It can occur during the day or at night. But mostly it occurs at night and interrupts sleep.
Coughing also increases with exercise or when laughing. The cough is usually dry and non-productive (does not expel any mucus).
The various respiratory problems faced by asthmatics are given below:
People with asthma often find difficulty in breathing. As the airways are inflamed, one may have problems in breathing normally. Asthmatics usually cannot catch their breath as they feel out of breath. They also feel like they are not getting enough air out of lungs.
Wheezing is a whistling sound that comes from the chest while breathing. It is mainly experienced while exhaling. But all who wheeze are not asthmatic and all asthmatics do not necessarily wheeze.
It is often noticed that people with asthma breathe through their mouth. It is because they have a problem while breathing through the nose because of the inflamed airways.
Fast breathing occurs when an individual takes more breaths than normal in a given time.
The triggers cause the symptoms of asthma like inflammation and tightening of the airways. This can lead to various respiratory infections.
The people with asthma find difficulty in speaking in the following ways:
A person with asthma may feel a pressure on the chest or may feel as something is lying on the chest. They may also find it difficult to breathe deeply. Chest congestion or chest pain usually accompanies chest tightness.
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear. When an individual finds it difficult to breathe, he may feel uneasiness and discomfort.
Approximately 51 percent of asthmatic patients find their sleep disturbed due to early awakening. Other disturbing factors are difficulty in maintaining sleep and daytime sleepiness.
Early awakening is also sometimes caused because of cough and breathing problems.
Exercise stresses the body. And stress is cumulative. Other symptoms of asthma such as early awakening, respiratory problems and anxiety add to the stress and make the body feel weaker during a vigorous activity such as while working out.
The symptoms discussed above can be caused by a number of various factors but they indicate asthma if they:
Meet your doctor if the above listed conditions are noted.
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