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10 Commons Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition, meaning that it occurs on a long-term basis, which is characterized by the inflammation of your airways. Asthma attacks are fits of wheezing and tightness in the chest that make it extremely difficult to breathe. These attacks tend to occur at night or in the early morning, but can also be triggered by doing exercise.

Take a look at these 10 symptoms of asthma, and if they all seem familiar, it might be time to speak to your doctor!

1. Coughing
Coughing is one of the primary symptoms of asthma and it tends to occur at night. This annoying symptom affects more than 25 million people across the United States, and it occurs as a result of mucus in your airways becoming sticky and thick, getting trapped in airways that become tighter and tighter.

After a long day of work, this mucus gathers up and at night time, when you lie down, it may begin moving across your trachea. At this point, your body responds by trying to get it out of your system, causing painful coughing fits.

2. Reduced Lung Capacity
The amount of air that you can hold in your lungs can actually be reduced as a result of asthma. This occurs as a result of a combination of the narrowing of your airways (making it difficult to breathe in as much air in the same time frame as normal), and an increase in the amount of mucus in your trachea. This combination means it’s difficult to hold as much air in your lungs as normal before needing to breathe in and out again.

You’ll notice this on your peak flow, a device given to people with asthma to measure their capacity. When your airways tighten, you should notice a negative effect on your peak flow.