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Asthma and Allergies

What you need to know

Common Symptoms of Asthma


The management of Asthma is far more than just knowing you have asthma. It also knowing your asthma warning signs and symptoms, triggers and having a comprehensive asthma action plan among other things.

This week we will explore a few signs and symptoms. As mentioned before,

Asthma is a chronic lung illness that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. In the United States asthma affects an estimated 26 million people — many of whom aren't aware that they have it, especially if their symptoms aren't severe.

The most common and early symptoms are:

  1. Coughing, especially at night, during exercise or when laughing
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Chest tightness
  4. Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound in your chest when you breathe, especially when exhaling)

Many of these symptoms can be contributed to other things and asthma symptom is serious and can become deadly if left untreated. If these symptoms persist and takes longer to subside or go away, it is best to talk with a physician. If you are not sure if your signs are contributed to asthma please take this this symptom test:

http://acaai.org/resources/tools/symptoms-test

For more information about asthma please review these resources:

American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology http://acaai.org/asthma

American Lung Association http://www.lung.org/

Respiratory Health Association http://www.lungchicago.org/



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