The increasingly polluted habitat has made asthma (bronchial asthma) more likely to have a negative impact on society as a whole. Although it is a common problem, asthma has not received adequate attention from the sick, the family and the society. Lack of understanding of symptoms, causes or prevention of complications is more severe and difficult to treat, even endangering patients’ life.
Here are 8 visible symptoms which you should pay attention to. However, please note that these symptoms below are just external clinical manifestations which are easy to confuse with other lung diseases.
Chronic, persistent cough
Cough is a natural reaction of the body to promote excretions or affected by environmental allergens such as pollen, dust or cigarette smoke out.
There are lots of causes of coughing, such as sinus infections or colds. Nevertheless, long-term coughing may be one of the symptoms of asthma. Also, when you are often awakened during night-time as the airway narrows suddenly, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Wheezing is also one of the typical symptoms of asthma. This is the sound of air created when it is impossible to pass through the lungs normally. You are prone to wheezing when it comes to cold air. For some people, exercising in the cold weather is also easy to cause this reaction. Therefore, in order to catch up with the condition in time, you should closely monitor the body’s response to exercise in different temperature conditions.
Clearing the throat is an attempt to push mucus stuck in the throat. In the throat, nasal cavity and sinuses are mucus membranes, when they are stimulated, mucus is secreted more. Having mucus stimulated in the throat and other organs can be a symptom of asthma.
Shortness of breath (even when mild exercising)
If you experience shortness of breath after light exercise, then sit down and hold your breath before you can continue. You may have asthma.
Even mild exercises can make you short of breath, have feelings of heavy chest, and have to sit down and hold your breath until you are able to resume normal activity. At this time, you should go to hospital for early detection and treatment in good time.
Sometimes you experience fatigue, wheezing, irregular breathing and heavy chest for no reason. The body fatigue caused by insufficient amount of oxygen. This is an indispensable sign of asthma. Many patients with asthma often complain about their body feeling tired all the time.
You may have bronchial asthma when your body is prone to allergies because of the exposure to allergens such as pollen, animal hair, weather patterns. Especially, some foods that can be the risk factors are seafood, canned foods, or some kinds of seeds.
Suffer from bronchitis as a child
As a child, you often have bronchitis, which causes bronchial tubes to transport oxygen to your lungs. This can increase your risk of asthma later.
Frequent loss of voice
Frequent loss of voice may not be a symptom of asthma, but when this sign occurs regularly and with some other symptoms, you should seek medical help.
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Review Date: June 19, 2017 | Last Modified: June 19, 2017
WebMD, The Symptoms of Asthma, http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/asthma-symptoms#1. Accessed April 10, 2017
NHS, Symptoms of Asthma, http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Asthma/Pages/Symptoms.aspx. Accessed April 10, 2017