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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Asthma? Common signs and symptoms of asthma include: Coughing. Coughing from asthma often is worse at night
or early in the morning, making it hard to sleep. Wheezing. Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that
occurs when you breathe. Chest tightness. This may feel like something is squeezing
or sitting on your chest. Shortness of breath. Some people who have asthma say they can’t
catch their breath or they feel out of breath. You may feel like you can’t get air out of
your lungs. Not all people who have asthma have these
symptoms. Likewise, having these symptoms doesn’t always
mean that you have asthma. The best way to diagnose asthma for certain
is to use a lung function test, a medical history (including type and frequency of symptoms),
and a physical exam. The types of asthma symptoms you have, how
often they occur, and how severe they are may vary over time. Sometimes your symptoms may just annoy you. Other times, they may be troublesome enough
to limit your daily routine. Severe symptoms can be fatal. It’s important to treat symptoms when you
first notice them so they don’t become severe. With proper treatment, most people who have
asthma can expect to have few, if any, symptoms either during the day or at night. What Causes Asthma Symptoms To Occur? Many things can trigger or worsen asthma symptoms. Your doctor will help you find out which things
(sometimes called triggers) may cause your asthma to flare up if you come in contact
with them. Triggers may include: Allergens from dust, animal fur, cockroaches,
mold, and pollens from trees, grasses, and flowers
Irritants such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, chemicals or dust in the workplace, compounds
in home décor products, and sprays (such as hairspray)
Medicines such as aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and nonselective beta-blockers
Sulfites in foods and drinks Viral upper respiratory infections, such as
colds Physical activity, including exercise Other health conditions can make asthma harder
to manage. Examples of these conditions include a runny
nose, sinus infections, reflux disease, psychological stress, and sleep apnea. These conditions need treatment as part of
an overall asthma care plan. Asthma is different for each person. Some of the triggers listed above may not
affect you. Other triggers that do affect you may not
be on the list. Talk with your doctor about the things that seem to
make your asthma worse.

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