Common Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma is a condition that greatly affects your ability to breath properly. The symptoms can vary greatly in severity and in how often they occur. Often people that have less severe asthma may not even realize that they are living with the disorder. They may simply think their breathing issues are normal and just a part of life.


Asthma constricts the airways that connect your nose and mouth and that travel to your lungs. Certain things cause these airways to swell and thus not allow the proper air flow through the passageways. Some things that can inflame the area are animal dander, mold, cigarette smoke, infection, pollen and even cold air. Once the airways are inflamed because of the trigger, the surrounding muscles will also often tighten. This creates even less space for air to pass freely and makes breathing very difficult. If this seems to occur frequently, an asthma doctor should be consulted for treatment.


People with asthma often have similar symptoms. Here are some of the most common asthma related symptoms.


Shortness Of Breath

Probably the most common symptom of asthma is shortness of breath. Of course, there are many other factors that can cause shortness of breath other than asthma. But If you experience it frequently or when around specific triggers, it could be asthma related.



Wheezing is another common symptom of asthma. Wheezing from asthma is caused when the airways are constricted enough to form a sound much like when you are whistling.


Tightened Chest

Between the inflamed area and constriction of your surrounding muscles you may experience chest tightening when having an asthma attack. This is because you are not able to take in the amount of air that your body needs to breath properly.


Coughing (Worse At Night)

Coughing is your body’s attempt to expel allergens and irritants from the lungs. When you have asthma, your airways and lungs have irritants that are causing your body to react negatively. By coughing you are trying to expel the objects that are causing your body pain.


If you think or someone you love is experiencing these symptoms, you may want to schedule an appointment with an asthma doctor. An asthma doctor can help determine what steps need to be taken to help you live with less discomfort. A great resource are the allergy doctors at National Allergy & ENT. Contact them today and set up an appointment.