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Asthma

Asthma

Asthma

Having asthma means your airways have become narrow and swollen. In addition they may also be producing extra mucus making it difficult for you to breathe. Asthma can be a mild irritation for some people. For others, though, it could prevent them from carrying out their normal day-today activities and may even lead to a potentially fatal asthma attack. This condition is often one that will last a long time – perhaps even throughout your life – so you need to follow your doctor’s advice and check in with him or her regularly to adjust treatment as needed.

Signs and symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or tightness of chest
  • Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Coughing or wheezing attacks that get worse with a cold or the flu
  • Difficulty breathing while exercising
  • Difficulty breathing when the air is cold and dry
  • Difficulty breathing when exposed to workplace irritants such as chemical fumes, gases or dust
  • Difficulty breathing when exposed to allergens, such as pet dander or pollen

When to see a doctor

Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening. See a doctor without delay if you have the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath or wheezing gets worse
  • A quick-relief inhaler isn’t effective
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