Symptoms of asthma

Symptoms of asthma

  • wheezing attacks (a continuous, high-pitched sound coming from the chest while breathing)
  • shortness of breath (a feeling of not being able to get enough air)
  • a feeling of tightness in the chest or pain
  • coughing – alongside other symptoms
  • trouble sleeping, because of shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing

You do not need to have all of these symptoms to be diagnosed with asthma.

A circadian peak of symptoms in the early morning hours is typical.

Bronchial hyperresponsiveness to non-specific airway irritants such as smoke, cold air, odors, etc. is characteristic and can be tested with bronchoprovocation test with histamine or methacholine.

Asthmatic symptoms and asthma attacks increase following inhalation of allergens, but can also persist in the absence of allergenic triggers.

Many patients experience worsening airflow obstruction and symptoms following exercise.

Some suffer from severe attacks upon ingestion of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. Aspirin)