Asthma is a very serious condition so everyone should be aware of the symptoms. Often people associate this condition with wheezing, but there are actually many other asthma symptoms that one must know. If these symptoms are not recognized, asthma is difficult to treat. By learning them, the asthma sufferer can breathe easier.
• Coughing – A cough, especially when it occurs at night, is a sign that you may be suffering from asthma. The cough may or may not be accompanied by phlegm. Often, the coughing becomes worse when you have any type of respiratory virus. This includes the cold and flu among others.
• Shortness of breath – Many who suffer from asthma report that they feel short of breath and that they cannot get enough air into their lungs. In many cases, activity or exercise can make the symptom more noticeable.
• Wheezing – This symptom often comes and goes and may be worse first thing in the morning or at night. The wheezing may go away on its own or bronchodilators may need to be used to open the airways. Wheezing often gets worse with exercise, heartburn or when breathing in cold air. This symptom usually comes on with no warning. This symptom is frequently seen in children.
• Chest pain or tightness – This symptom may also appear as pressure in the chest. Some notice that when they are breathing, the skin between the ribs pulls in. Doctors refer to this as intercostal retractions.
• Inability to take in enough air – This is most commonly seen with the other symptoms as the airway become inflamed, tighten or become mucus filled. If this symptom is seen without others, it may be a sign of another condition such as panic disorder.