What Are Signs & Symptoms Of Asthma?
Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. You may have infrequent asthma attacks, have symptoms only at certain times — such as when exercising — or have symptoms all the time.
Asthma signs and symptoms include:
* Difficulty breathing
* Shortness of breath
* Chest tightness
* Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
* A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling
* Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by cold or flu
What Are Types Of Asthma?
Types of asthma depend on cause or risk factor of asthma. The following three types of asthma are described as:
What Are Causes Of Asthma?
Asthma may be due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies can trigger signs and symptoms of asthma. Asthma triggers are different from person to person and can include:
* Airborne substances, such as pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander or particles of cockroach waste
* Respiratory infections, such as the common cold
* Physical activity (exercise)
* Air pollutants and irritants, such as smoke
* Certain medications, including beta blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen (Aleve)
* Strong emotions and stress
* Sulfites and preservatives added to some types of foods and beverages, including shrimp, dried fruit, processed potatoes, beer and wine
What Are Risk Factors Of Asthma?
A number of factors are thought to increase your chances of developing asthma. These include:
* Having a blood relative with asthma
* Being overweight
* Being a smoker or passive smoker
* Exposure to exhaust fumes or other types of pollution
* Exposure to occupational triggers, such as chemicals used in farming, hairdressing and manufacturing
Prevention Of Asthma-
- Avoid smoking
- Get vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia
- Identify and avoid asthma triggers
- Take your medication as prescribed