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Do I Have Asthma?

Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 04:17 PM

A lack of oxygen is terrifying so, when one experiences this, the top priority is determining why you are unable to breathe. Asthma may be the culprit and knowing the symptoms of this condition will allow you to determine if you are suffering from this or some other disease. Most who are suffering from asthma have similar symptoms. By knowing what these are, you can pinpoint asthma as the reason for your difficulty breathing. This knowledge will allow you to get the treatment you need to prevent and minimize future attacks.

Early warning signs of asthma are often overlooked or attributed to some other cause. Frequent coughing at night may be attributed to the common cold, allergies, or a sinus infection. In reality, this may be a symptom of asthma. Asthma sufferers tend to lose their breath easily and may feel tired or weak after exercising. Some will report behavioral changes such as difficulty sleeping or irritation. If you are feeling grouchy or easily upset, asthma may just be the culprit.

Symptoms of an asthma attack can come on at any time. When you are coughing and cannot stop and are breathing rapidly, chances are you are in the midst of an asthma attack. When you breathe in or out, a wheezing sound will be noticed and you may feel chest pain or pressure. Talking will be difficult and you can have a panic attack as a result of feeling like you cannot breathe. Your face may become pale and sweaty also. If blue fingernails or lips are noticed, immediate medical attention is required as you are not taking in enough oxygen.

Other asthma symptoms may include difficulty concentrating and fatigue. Many asthma sufferers are unable to sleep and experience feelings of anxiety. Any of the above symptoms should be evaluated by a doctor, even if you only have one or two. This is a serious condition that must be treated and a medical professional can best tell you how to do so.

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