What Does Asthma Feel Like?
Asthma is characterized by inflammation of the bronchial tubes with increased production of sticky secretions inside the tubes.
Asthmatic persons experience symptoms when the airways tighten, inflame, or fill with mucus.
Common asthma symptoms :
- Coughing, especially at night
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
It is important to note, not all asthmatics experience similar symptoms.
You may not have all of these symptoms, or you may have different symptoms at different times.
It is also possible that your asthma symptoms may vary from one asthma attack to the next, being mild during one and extreme in another.
Some experience asthma attacks occasionally, while others have them every other day, during exercise or while having a cold
Mild asthma attacks are common than severe attacks.
Though Severe attacks are less common, they last longer and require immediate medical help.
It is essential to recognize and treat even mild asthma symptoms to help you prevent severe episodes and keep asthma under control.
What Are The Early Symptoms of Asthma
Early warning signs are changes that happen just before or at the very beginning of an asthma attack.
These signs start before the elaborate symptoms of asthma and are the earliest signs that your asthma is becoming worse.
The signs are mild enough not to interrupt your daily activities.
Recognizing these signs, you can prevent an asthma attack or prevent one from getting worse.
Early warning signs of an asthma attack include:
- Frequent cough, especially at night
- Losing your breath easily or shortness of breath
- Feeling very tired or weak when exercising
- Wheezing or coughing after exercise
- Feeling tired, easily upset, grouchy, or moody
- Decreases or changes in lung function as measured on a peak flow meter
- Signs of a cold or allergies (sneezing, runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, and headache)
- Trouble sleeping
The severity of an asthma attack can escalate fast, so it’s of essence to treat these asthma symptoms immediately, once you recognize them.
Without immediate treatment, such as with your asthma inhaler or bronchodilator, your breathing will become heavier.
Though some people interpret the disappearance of wheezing as a sign of improvement, it is not. Please get prompt emergency care.
If you do not receive adequate asthma treatment, you may eventually be unable to speak and will develop a bluish colouring around your lips.
This colour change, known as cyanosis, means you have very little oxygen in your blood.
At this point, you need aggressive treatment for this asthma emergency.