Do you recognize the 5 Symptoms of Asthma?

Do you recognize the 5 Symptoms of Asthma?

Do you suffer from shortness of breath or produce a whistle sound when you exhale? You might be showing symptoms of asthma! When left untreated asthma can lead to serious diseases like pneumonia, lung failure and death. To control asthma, you should know its symptoms. What are the symptoms? Read on…
Asthma is a chronic disease. It makes breathing difficult. However, it can be cured if you know its symptoms.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a disease in which the airways get swollen up hence leading to the formation of narrow airways. The airways get filled up with extra mucus.

You know what?

If asthma symptoms are neglected, it could lead to asthma attack, respiratory distress and death.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. According to WHO (World Health Organization) symptoms of asthma are mostly felt in cold air, extreme emotional arousal such as fear or anger and physical exercise.

The symptoms of asthma are as follows:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Whistle sound when exhaling(Wheezing)
  • Coughing or wheezing at nights
  • Chest tightness
  • Pain in the chest

Asthma attack

When the symptoms of asthma attack worsen, a person gets asthma attack. This happens because of tightening of the muscles in the airways.

Often asthma attacks are triggered by weather changes or seasonal pollen. A cold or flu can also lead to asthma attacks.

What are the symptoms of asthma attacks?

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Persistent cough
  • Severe wheezing while inhaling and exhaling
  • Chest pain
  • Chest tightness
  • Difficulty in talking
  • Difficulty in carrying out daily activities
  • Pale, sweaty and dull face
  • Discomfort caused by fear
  • Lips and fingernails that turn into blue colour

Some people experience unusual symptoms of asthma. The unusual symptoms of asthma are as follows:

  • Breathing at a faster pace
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Discomfort caused by fear
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Cough without wheezing

What increases the risk of asthma?

The following factors increase the risk of developing asthma:

  • Parents or siblings have asthma
  • Overweight
  • Exposure to house dust mites in bedding, carpets or stuffed furniture
  • Pollution
  • Exposure to pollen and moulds
  • Smoking
  • Mothers who smoke when they are pregnant
  • Chemical irritants used in hairdressing, farming etc.
  • Conditions such as atopic dermatitis or allergic rhinitis

What happens when you ignore asthma?

When asthma is not controlled in the initial stages, it can interfere with the daily activities. It can lead to interference in the school life, work life etc. It can lead to low performance. Asthma can also lead to stress, depression etc.

Asthma can also interfere with sleep and recreational activities.

When asthma is left untreated, it can lead to various serious diseases. The serious diseases are as following:

  • Pneumonia
  • Failure of a lung
  • Respiratory failure
  • Death

Untreated asthma can lead to status asthmaticus, a condition in which a person undergoing asthma attack does not respond to the asthma treatments. This condition can lead to death.

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