– Coughing is a sign that your airways are inflamed.
– Reflux acid in the oesophagus can trigger the same types of symptoms as asthma.
Asthma symptoms might appear normal. You could also have one sign today and then another one the next day. Your symptoms can also be different from that of the other person. The common symptoms of asthma could also be confusing, they could appear as symptoms of other conditions. However, you need to be diagnosed for you to know if truly it is asthma. Most asthmatics should be able to be treated in order to live a normal life.
Here are symptoms of asthma you should watch out for
Coughing is a sign that your airways are inflamed, that is a major sign of asthma. Inflamed airways are also sensitive airways, the increased sensitivity makes you more likely to cough in response to allergens for instance pollen or irritants like perfume or dust. Coughing could also be a result of smoking or a sign of a viral infection, but more likely to be asthma if it keeps coming back. Coughing is the only symptom of a type of asthma called cough variant asthma.
Wheezing is a sign that the inflamed airways have narrowed or even worse. Wheezing tends to happen more while exhaling and inhaling. But it can also be a sign of inflammation from many other conditions most probably obstructive pulmonary, bronchitis, respiratory infections, sleep apnea or heart failure. Wheezing is more likely to be asthma if it persists. The first several years of life are more likely viral and not really asthmatic.
Chest tightness can also feel like pain, pressure or squeezing. In some cases, this tightness is a sign of heart attack but more commonly, it is a sign of acid reflux. Reflux acid in the oesophagus can trigger the same types of symptoms as asthma. Asthma and acid reflux are linked About 75 percent of asthma patients have severe acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Some people with uncontrolled asthma don’t sleep as well. When the airways become narrow, it makes the patient work little harder to breathe on a more constant basis. If you have symptoms at night you could have chronic sleep deprivation. Fatigue is often a by product of asthma. Coughing, wheezing and trying to catch you breath at all time can wear you out.
Problems breathing after exercise
If symptoms of asthma like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness happen during or after exercise, you could have a type of non-allergic induced asthma. Symptoms tend to be worse when it’s cold. The airways get cooled by ventilation associated with exercise and go into spasm, producing wheezing and tightness.
Blue lips or skin
Blue skin or lips is a condition called cyanosis indicating you are not getting enough oxygen. Cyanosis can also be a sign of another respiratory problem like pneumonia, whooping cough or heart disease.