Thursday, December 03, 2009

Do You Have Asthma?

Thursday 3rd December 2009

Asthma is an increasingly common breathing problem, and it seems highly likely that you will know someone who suffers with it. The causes of asthma can vary from person to person as too can the symptoms.

I am an asthma sufferer myself, with the illness only flaring up during the winter months. Having a cold recently and suffering with Sinusitis probably triggered my asthma this time around.

So, how do you know if you have asthma or not? Here are some of the most common symptoms that you should be looking out for;

  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness, pain, or pressure

Still, not every person with asthma has the same symptoms in the same way. You may not have all of these symptoms, or you may have different symptoms of asthma at different times. Your symptoms may also vary from one asthma attack to the next, being mild during one and severe during another.

Some people with asthma may go for extended periods without having any symptoms at all, interrupted by periodic worsening of their symptoms called asthma attacks. Others might have asthma symptoms every day. In addition, some people may only have asthma during exercise or asthma with viral infections like colds.

Mild asthma attacks are generally more common. Usually, the airways open up within a few minutes to a few hours. Severe attacks are less common but last longer and require immediate medical help. It is important to recognize and treat even mild symptoms to help you prevent severe episodes and keep asthma under better control.

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