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Signs and Symptoms of Asthma

There are many known signs and symptoms of asthma, usually categorized on the basis of the kind of problem it causes:

Breathing Problems

  • Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breathing
  • Rapid breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Chest Tightness
  • Throat Tightness

Nose Problems

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Running nose
  • Sinusitis

Eyes Problems

  • Eye Irritation

Heart Problems

  • Increased Heart Rate Vomiting can also be taken as a symptom in children for asthma.

It is seen that in many a cases, there is a severe chest pain during uncontrolled asthma. The reason for this is that during the asthmatic attack, the lungs expand considerably because of the large quantity of air trapped inside the lungs. The membrane around the lungs stretches itself causing the excruciating pain in the chest. The other reason for the chest pain is that the wall of the chest stretches due to over expansion of the lungs straining the rib joints and causing the pain. Apart from that the muscles between the ribs stretch when it over expands again causing pain. Since the adrenaline levels drop during the night time, which becomes a hindrance in the normal function of relaxing the muscles of the lungs, the symptoms are generally seen to worse during the night. Even the corticosteroids levels drop down during the night, which again does not allow it to do its function of reduced inflammation, which also contributes the severity of the symptoms at night.

As with all the information on Asthma Information Guide, if you or anyone else is having the signs and symptoms of asthma, we recommend you consult a qualified doctor. Sometimes, these same symptoms can be seen in other viral diseases.