Symptoms of Asthma

July 28, 2020 | 10:19 am

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a lung condition where airway narrowing occurs due to swelling of the lining or mucosa, sputum production and construction of the smooth muscle surrounding it as a response to a trigger such as allergens (dust, pollen, insects, animal dander, etc.) This could result into coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.

To some, symptoms may be minor—not causing too much inconvenience. But for others, it can be a major problem disrupting their daily activities.

Asthma symptoms is best monitored and if with persistence or progression, a doctor’s visit is warranted for better management.


What are the symptoms of asthma?

Symptoms vary and may be different from one person to another. Some may experience mild symptoms, but some may experience more severe ones and would need immediate medical attention. These may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing

You can tell that symptoms are worsening if they become frequent, along with increasing difficulty in breathing, and if the need for quick-relief medications are becoming more often.


What can trigger an asthma attack?

Asthma triggers and reactions differ from person to person.  Some known triggers of asthma attacks include:

  • Airborne substances, particles, pollutants or irritants
  • Respiratory infections
  • Cold or dry air
  • Certain medications
  • Food
  • Physical activity
  • Stress


What are the things that you need to do?

  • Live a healthy lifestyle.
    • Eat a healthy diet.
    • Exercise regularly

*Follow your doctor’s advice on the physical activities you could do.

  • Quit smoking.
  • Manage stress.
  • Avoid known triggers.
  • Consult a physician.
  • Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening and would require immediate medical attention. Your doctor will help you in managing your asthma. This may include taking certain medications, diagnostic tests, and procedures to track your condition.



DLSUMC services you might need:

  • Respiratory Therapy Services


  • Radiology Services




  1. Mayo Clinic
  2. Healthline
  3. Cleveland Clinic



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