What are Common Asthma Symptoms?
The most common symptoms are difficulty breathing, of course, but also a tightness in the chest, coughing and wheezing. In some people, the only symptom is a chronic cough, and many of these cases are never diagnosed.
Generally, the symptoms of asthma are most prevalent in the night and in the morning, though an episode can occur at any time. Most have heard of “asthma-attacks,” which can be a terrifying ordeal for both adults and children. These episodes can range from causing mild discomfort to being life-threatening, requiring immediate emergency attention.
What Causes Asthma?
One of the central difficulties of treating asthma is finding out what causes it. A combination of inflammation of the lung and a narrowing of the lung are activated by the immune system. A number of factors trigger this immune system response.
- Exposure to Allergens – pollen, dust, mold, feathers, animal dander and some foods can all trigger an episode of asthma.
- Viral Infection – Simple colds can cause asthma to exacerbate severely.
- Exercise –With proper monitoring and treatment, most people with asthma benefit from an exercise program.
- Emotional Stress
- Weather Conditions – Sudden changes in the weather can trigger asthma reactions, as can cold, windy weather.
These triggers are all common in Salt Lake City and the rest of Utah.