Asthma symptoms are different for everyone and depend on the severity of the disease. Below are a few of the most common symptoms of asthma:

  • Coughing, especially at night or when exercising
  • Wheezing – a squeaky or whistling sound when you breathe
  • Trouble breathing
  • A tight feeling in the chest

Sometimes symptoms can be mild, whereas other times they can be serious enough to cause you to have to stop what you are doing. In very severe cases, asthma symptoms can be life threatening. During severe asthma attacks, the airways can narrow so much that not enough oxygen can get into the blood traveling to vital organs.

Asthma and Exercise

Physical activity can trigger symptoms in most people with asthma. Symptoms may occur either during or right after being active. However, regular physical activity is important for your health. Many doctors recommend that most people, including people with asthma, get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. If asthma is under control, exercise should not be a problem. If you or your child experience asthma symptoms when participating in physical activity, you should work with your doctor to adjust your asthma treatment program.

Assessing Asthma Symptoms

If you or your child experience asthma symptoms more than twice a week, you should see your physician right away. You can download a complete Asthma Symptoms Checklist prior to your appointment as it may help a physician better understand the symptoms you are describing. If you or your child has already been diagnosed with asthma, the asthma symptoms tool may assist a physician in determining an appropriate treatment option.

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