What is an asthma attack?
Asthma is an illness that affects the airways. This can be due to any number of things but most often it’s due to things like pollen smoke or dry air. When something aggravates your asthma symptoms—like a dust particle in the air or pet dander—the airways become even more inflamed and the surrounding muscles tighten. This makes it difficult for air to flow in and out of the lungs which lead to breathing problems like coughing wheezing shortness of breath and chest tightness. In short, an asthma attack happens.
What are asthma symptoms?
The first sign that you may have asthma is likely the one most commonly associated with the disease: wheezing or that squeaky sound in your chest when you have trouble breathing. You might first only hear wheezing when you breathe out but as the attack worsens you might also hear wheezing when breathing in. It’s also important to note that during a severe asthma attack you might not hear any wheezing which means not enough air is moving through the airways.
Here’s a little bit more about what to expect from the signs and symptoms of asthma:
1. Pain when breathing
When you experience chest pain when you’re breathing it’s usually because of something wrong with your lungs. The pain is usually felt in either your breastbone or on either side of your chest and often radiates down into your arm. This may be a sign that you have asthma so be sure to visit your doctor as soon as possible.
2. Chest and shoulder tightness
When you take deep breaths you might experience tightness or stiffness in your chest or shoulders. This can be a sign of asthma but it can also be caused by stress or another medical issue. If this is happening on a regular basis it is important to make an appointment with your doctor. In some cases, this stiffness could also mean you have fluid in your lungs which could cause asthma too. Make an appointment and have your doctor check for fluid leaks.
3. Chronic fatigue
You often feel tired. This is one of the common symptoms of asthma. Asthma sufferers often experience an inflamed airway which can make it difficult to breathe. If you’re not getting enough rest you’re putting yourself at risk for developing serious health problems such as asthma.
4. Breathingless attacks
When your asthma kicks in you can’t catch your breath. This is one of the most common symptoms of asthma. When it’s bad you may not be able to breathe at all. This can lead to an asthma attack. If you think you have asthma see a doctor as soon as possible so you don’t get worse.
5. Sever cough
Coughing is one of the ways that you breathe. It’s also one of the symptoms of asthma. When you’re feeling stressed or out of breath from all the activity coughing may become a problem. If coughing lasts for more than a few days it’s likely that you have asthma.
6. Digestive problems
As your asthma attack progresses you will start to lose appetite and digestion. This is because the stomach is not functioning correctly during an asthma attack. In addition, you may start to experience problems with your lips being unable to chew food properly, and other health problems such as bronchitis emphysema, and tuberculosis.
Whenever you take a breath or cough your chest will expand and contract. This is called respiration and it’s what helps you breathe. Wheezing during respiration is actually an indication that the air is leaving your lungs in a way other than through your mouth. Coughing during respiration can be caused by anything from allergies to asthma. Even though wheezing may not always sound like an asthma attack it’s still an indication that you need professional help. The same goes for coughing – it often signals a more serious issue such as pneumonia. When wheezing begins many people stop what they are doing and wait for the attack to end. They don’t realize that they should continue with their