It’s difficult to tell allergies, cold symptoms, and asthma apart, but there are signs that asthma may be developing that should not be ignored. Treated early, it can be controlled, preventing severe attacks.
Not Everyone Has the Same Symptoms
The most common symptoms include coughing, especially at night, wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, pain, or pressure. A feeling of something heavy sitting on the chest and inability to get enough air are common sensations associated. Some people experience symptoms while at rest, while others may experience symptoms when they exercise or engage in strenuous activities. Infection like viruses and colds can also trigger symptoms.
Checking for Asthma
When you come in for your appointment at Alpha Care, you may be asked to breathe into a peak flow meter. A peak flow meter is a device that measures your ability to expel air from your lungs. If the air flow from your lungs is weak, it can be a sign of asthma. Other checks may include x-rays and a stress test, depending upon your symptoms and individual medical history.
During an asthma attack, the airways begin to close down. Bronchospasm– a tightening of the muscle bands around the airways, cause inflammation and swelling, and the cells lining the airways produce thick mucus in an attempt to protect the delicate tissues. The combination of inflammation and mucus can close off the air ways, preventing enough air from getting in. Signs of an attack include rapid breathing, wheezing, uncontrollable coughing, chest pain, a pale complexion and sweating, difficulty breathing or talking, feelings of anxiety or panic, and bluish coloring around lips or fingernails. An attack is a very serious medical situation. If you or someone around you has an asthma attack, immediate medical intervention is necessary.
If you suspect that you or someone you love may have asthma, make an appointment as soon as possible with Alpha Care. The earlier it is treated, the better the chances of bringing it under control before a serious attack occurs.