• 7 Subtle Asthma Signs You Might Have Missed

    by Caroline Ryther
    on Sep 17th, 2018

We all experience some breathing troubles from time to time, whether from a particularly exhausting session at the local gym or running after a bus. However, how do you know if what you’re feeling is a normal, out-of-breath situation or something a bit more serious, such as asthma?

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), a bit under 25 million people in the US currently have asthma, 18 million of which are adults and 6 million children. Some people get asthma when they’re very young, but there are those who develop it when they’re older, as well—sometimes without even knowing it.

In a lot of situations, the symptoms of asthma can be mild and subside with time on their own, but in some cases they can lead to an asthma attack, which can be life-threatening. That’s why it’s important to recognize all asthma signs, not just the obvious ones, and know how to act if you or someone you know is suffering from this condition.

Here are seven surprising symptoms that asthma patients may experience.

1. A Cough That’s Always There

Believe it or not, coughing is actually the most common sign of asthma, and one which people usually ignore. Coughing is generally caused when an irritant gets into your airways or throat, and your body (your chest and abdomen) try to get it out. This sensitivity to irritants can jumpstart asthma in individuals, so if you find yourself coughing for weeks at an end, make sure to visit a doctor.

2. Random Shortness of Breath

Like we already mentioned at the beginning of the text, experiencing shortness of breath after a strenuous gym session is completely normal, but if you start losing breath when you’re just e.g. walking at a regular pace, it might be a sign of asthma. Don’t dismiss this symptom if you notice that it’s become frequent!

3. Trouble Sleeping

Yes, there is a number of reasons why you might be having trouble sleeping, but asthma can make waking up in the middle of the night pretty scary. If you have asthma, you might find yourself waking up due to shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing, which can leave you terrified. Experts are still unclear on why this happens during the night, but they do believe it has something to do with hormonal changes and higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

4. Whistling in Your Chest

Or better known as wheezing. When your airways narrow and your body tries to get the air out despite of that, you might hear something similar to whistling coming out of your chest. People who don’t know that they have asthma will think this occurs every time it’s, for example, cold outside, but it’s definitely a symptom worth checking out.

5. Severe Colds

Having a cold is never a pleasant experience, but they can be especially difficult to get through for people who have asthma—even those who are not aware they have it. Any additional infection can make the irritation caused by asthma worse, which is why a lot of physicians encourage asthma patients to get their flu shots on time. So, if you notice that you’re having more trouble with colds than your friends, it might be worth seeing a doctor.

6. Hard Time Exercising

If you can’t seem to stop coughing and wheezing while you’re working out, have chest tightness, and struggle more than you should when you stop to catch your breath, the problem might not just stem from you being out of shape. Asthma patients feel tired hours after a workout, with symptoms setting in during or after exercising.

7. Constant Tiredness

The thing with asthma is that it limits the oxygen flow to your body, and when your body doesn’t get enough oxygen, you begin to feel tired almost all the time. If you’re certain that there is no particular reason for your fatigue, then asthma might be something worth looking into.


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Author Caroline Ryther

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