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Asthma Symptoms

Asthma is a chronic lung disease where the person finds it difficult to breathe. Actual Asthma Symptoms and conditions are the channels and airways that lead to the lungs are inflamed and there is increased mucus lining which makes the passage of air difficult. People who suffer from this condition are said to be asthmatic.

Some of the Early Asthma Symptoms (Warning signs) include:

  • Frequent cough, especially at night
  • Losing your breath easily or shortness of breath
  • Feeling very tired or weak when exercising
  • Wheezing or coughing after exercise
  • Feeling tired, easily upset, grouchy, or moody
  • Decreases or changes in peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR)
  • Signs of a cold, or allergies (sneezing, runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, and headache)
  • Trouble sleeping or restless sleep

Following are the results of Severe Asthma Symptoms:

  • Chest tightness
  • Chronic cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe Wheezing

Emergent Asthma Symptoms include:

  • Severe wheezing while breathing both in and out
  • Breathing very fast
  • Getting short of breath while or having difficulty talking
  • A feeling of impending doom or panic
  • Profuse sweating
  • Inability to perform PEFR
  • Color changes in fingertips

Factors which Make a Child Prone to Asthma Symptoms:

Asthma heads the list of chronic illness in children affecting 10-12 percent of them in the United States. Unfortunately, the statistics are rising every year for reasons yet to be discovered. children below the age of 5 years especially should be protected from this menace. Some of the factors which make a child prone to get the signs of asthma are:

  • Exposure to smoke when the child is in the womb and after the birth
  • Low weight of the baby at the time of birth
  • Born in a family which has a history of asthma or allergies
  • Presence of allergies
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • If the baby is male and black
  • When the up-bringing is in a low-income surrounding

Asthma Symptoms in Children:

Symptoms of asthma vary from one attack to another in a same child. Keeping note of the symptoms observed is a good practise by parents of children below the age of 5 years. This proves to be handy when the case history of the child is explained to the doctor. However, some of the most common symptoms of this breathing problem in children are:

  • Common cough is the most prominent sign to observe in an asthma child. Coughing spells can be frequent while the child laughs or plays. Severity of coughing may increase at night.
  • Rapid breathing
  • Dullness while the child plays
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling of chocked chest muscles and neck
  • Complaint of tightness in the chest
  • Whistling sound while the child breathes
  • A condition called retractions involving see-saw motion in the chest, caused by placing excess efforts while breathing

Home Remedies for Asthma Symptoms in Adults:

  • Quit smoking.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Washing hands with a disinfectant and taking flu shots every year is beneficial
  • Hair of pets like cats and dogs can cause allergy triggering signs of asthma
  • Cockroaches are believed to be one of the major sources of spreading asthma in children. They should be kept away.
  • Windows should be closed when the residance is in a polluted area of the city.
  • A note of asthma attacks is to be maintained and proves handy to prepare for the attacks later.

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