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Symptoms, Signs and Asthma Facts


7. Symptoms, Signs and Asthma Facts

a. Signs and Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma symptoms vary from person to person and in individuals over time. It is very important to remember that many of these symptoms can be subtle and similar to those seen in other conditions. All the symptoms mentioned below can be present in other respiratory conditions, and sometimes, the heart. This potential confusion makes identifying the symptoms and the diagnostic tests, it is important to recognize these disorders.

The main symptoms of the four symptoms-recognized:

• Shortness of breath - especially with exertion or at night
• wheezing (wheezing) - a whistling or hissing sound when exhaling
• Cough - may be chronic; generally worsens at night and early morning time, and can occur after exercise or exposure to cold, dry air
• Chest tightness - may occur with or without the above symptoms

b. Asthma Facts

Asthma is classified based on the frequency and severity of symptoms, or "attacks", and the results of tests of lung function.

30% of patients has little asthma symptoms are mild, intermittent (less than two episodes per week) with breathing tests are normal

30% have asthma symptoms are mild, persistent (two or more episodes per week) with breathing tests are normal or abnormal

40% have symptoms of asthma are moderate or severe, persistent (daily or continuous) with abnormal breathing tests


c. Acute Asthma Attack

An acute asthma attack, or a sudden, generally caused by an exposure to allergens or an upper respiratory infection. Weighing of the attack depends on how well your asthma is controlled underlying (reflecting how well controlled airway inflammation). An acute attack of potentially life-threatening because it can persist despite the use of drugs commonly used for rapid relief (inhaled bronchodilators). Asthma that is unresponsive to treatment with an inhaler should prompt you to seek immediate medical attention at the emergency room of the nearest hospital or specialist's practice asthma depending on the circumstances and time. Asthma attacks did not stop on its own without treatment. If you ignore the warning signs early, you harm yourself in development "status asthmaticus".


d. Allergy Facts

The attacks of asthma that does not respond to prolonged treatment with bronchodilators is a medical emergency. Doctors call this heavy attacks "status asthmaticus," and they require immediate emergency care.

The symptoms of severe asthma is a persistent cough and inability to complete full sentences or walk without running out of breath. Your chest may feel tight and your lips may have a bluish tint. In addition, you may feel inflammation, confusion, or an inability to concentrate. You may bend your shoulders, sit or stand to breathe more easily, and tense your abdominal muscles and your neck. It is a sign of failure of the respiratory system was imminent. At this point, it seems that inhaled drugs can not reverse this process. A mechanical ventilator is needed to help the lungs and respiratory muscles. A face mask or breathing tube inserted into the nose or mouth for this treatment. Respiratory assistance is temporary and released shortly after the attack subsided and lungs had recovered sufficiently to resume the work of breathing on its own merits. A brief hospitalization in ICU may be a result of a severe attack is not treated immediately. To prevent hospitalization as it is best, at the time of onset of symptoms, to begin immediately start treatment at home or in the room is your doctor's office.

Allergy Facts

The presence of wheezing or cough itself is actually not a reliable standard for assessing the severity of an asthma attack. Severe attacks can clog the tubes at a level where the lack of air in and out of your lungs fail to produce wheezing or coughing.

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