People experiencing symptoms of asthma are similar to those suffering from airflow limitation which is caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Symptoms of asthma are worse during night. Symptoms of asthma can be mild or severe.
Severe asthma causes difficulty in breathing and in extreme cases can result in death.
Symptoms of asthma are not easier to diagnose. If symptoms of asthma are worsened, it is called asthma attack.
During asthma attack, smooth muscles around the bronchial tubes contract, making the airway openings narrower. Inflammation increases and the airways become more swollen and narrow.
More mucus is made by cells in the airways, which narrows the airways further. The changes to the airways cause the symptoms of asthma. In severe asthma attacks, the airways close so much so that enough oxygen is not provided for vital organs. People can die from severe asthma attacks.
Learning the symptoms of asthma can often alert the patient in time to take preventive action such as asthma medications and natural remedies. Some people are lucky to notice the early symptoms of asthma before it becomes critical, while some don’t even know it until it suddenly hits them.
Symptoms of asthma:
- Wheezing which usually begins suddenly, episodic, aggravated by exposure to cold air, aggravated by exercise, aggravated by heartburn and relieved by bronchodilators. [Asthma and Heartburn]
- Cough with or without sputum production
- Shortness of breath which is aggravated by exercise
- Intercostals retractions
- Fast pulse
- Acute difficulty in breathing
- Decreased level of consciousness during the attack
- Chest pain
- Nasal flaring
- Tightness in the chest
- Coughing up blood
- Temporary cessation of breathing
- Abnormal breathing pattern, in which exhalation takes more than twice as long as inspiration.
Wheezing and shortness of breath are common conditions. Cough is a frequent symptom that can be misdiagnosed as another respiratory disorder.
The duration of asthma attacks vary from person to person. Some individuals have one or two attacks a year lasting few hours, while others have attacks lasting for weeks.
Severe asthma symptoms are a serious issue. Severe asthma sufferer should have a plan prior to addressing these attacks. The above symptoms should never be ignored. Your treatment plan includes paying close attention to your symptoms and their frequency.
Tell your doctor about symptoms of asthma so that it will be helpful for the doctor to start the treatment plan. Whenever asthma is triggered, you have to write and record the symptoms for the treatment.
You should record the number of times the symptoms occur, night time awakenings, or sleep disruptions.
Your doctor understands the condition and changes the medications if required. Peak flow numbers should be recorded so that any patterns can be recognized and established. By following the asthma plan, you can prevent symptoms of asthma.