In some cases, there are people with asthma that go for long periods without even knowing what they are experiencing. Some may suffer from asthma and not experience symptoms right away.
Asthma causes the lungs to swell which in turn, lessens the space in the airway.
According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, asthma symptoms may occur due to allergens from dust, animal fur, mold and pollen. Individuals may be affected by cigarette smoke, air pollution, certain medicines, sulfites in foods, drinks and physical activity.
The early symptoms of asthma include:
Shortness of Breath- You find it hard to catch your breath and at times you feel out of breath.
Coughing/Wheezing- Coughing from asthma is known to be worse at night and in the early morning.
Tightness in chest or pain- You feel like something is squeezing your chest, or you feel chest pains.
Trouble sleeping- Due to the above symptoms.
The Mayo Clinic explains, for some people asthma signs and symptoms can flare up in certain situations. For instance, exercise-induced asthma may be worse when the air is dry and cold, occupational asthma is triggered by workplace irritants (chemical fumes, gases, dust) and allergy-induced asthma may be triggered by specific allergens such as pet dander, cockroaches or pollen (See: 15 Ways Your Home is Making You Sick).
When to see your doctor:
If you are experiencing these symptoms for more than a few days it is wise to see your doctor. It’s important to treat asthma as early as possible to prevent it from getting worse and avoid any long-term lung damage.
Make sure you check in with your doctor on a regular basis as asthma has the tendency to change overtime. You may need to make adjustments to your treatment.