Asthma is a respiratory condition that causes the airways to become inflamed and narrowed. It has several notable symptoms including coughing, wheezing, chest tightening and mucus production. If you are experiencing the symptoms associated with asthma, you should go to your nearest emergency room for immediate help.People experience several symptoms when they have asthma or are having an asthma attack. These symptoms can be caused by a variety of factors.
Common Symptoms of Asthma
Causes of coughing and wheezing
- Common cold – The common cold can cause a person to a cough and wheeze as the virus travels to and infects the person’s sinuses and lungs
- Sinus infection – Mucus produced in the infected sinuses can travel to a person’s throat and lungs that leads to coughing and wheezing
- Pneumonia – A serious viral or bacterial infection of the lungs can lead to fluid build-up and difficulty breathing as a person tries to cough up the mucus in his or her lungs
- Cold air – Cold air can cause an asthmatic to experience temporary loss of breath or a “winded” feeling, as well as a dry throat and nose that induces coughing
- Scents and odors – Many people with asthma are sensitive to strong smells like perfumes and flowers
- Smoke – Tobacco smoke or smoke caused from cooking, barbecues, campfires, and more induce coughing spells in many people with asthma
Causes of mucus production
- Aspiration – Inhaling foreign substances like water, dust, powder, pollen, or in the case of babies, meconium can lead to excessive mucus production
- Choking – Choking on food, medicine or beverages can people with asthma to experience mucus product that can lead to an asthma attack
- Allergies – Seasonal or chronic allergies often encourages excessive mucus to build in the throats, noses, and airways of people who have asthma
Causes of chest tightening
- Exercise – Running, jumping or even brisk walking can cause the chest to become tight and induce an asthma attack
- Laughing –Chest tightness when they laugh or have bouts of giggling can cause an asthma attack
- Menstruation – Some women report experiencing chest tightness when they have their menstruation accompanied by severe cramps are known to be causes of asthma symptoms
- Panic – Panic attacks or people who are stressed and fearful can experience any or all of these symptoms
- Injuries – An injury to the upper chest, ribs or back can cause an asthma attack
- Roaches – Roach droppings and shed cockroach dander are known asthma triggers
- Medications – aspirin medications like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium cause asthma symptoms in people who are allergic or sensitive to aspirin.
There are several methods that we may use to treat your asthma symptoms. These include:
- Continuous positive airway pressure – We may use a CPAP machine to gently move air through your lungs. The machine, which features a mask and a motor, may help to open up your airways while providing you with the oxygen your body needs in order to function. In some cases, you may need to use a CPAP machine at home in order to help control your asthma.
- Ventilator – If your asthma is severe, we may put you on a ventilator so that we can improve your lung function. This treatment will require you to wear a mask as a machine pumps air into and out of your lungs.
- Nebulizer – A nebulizer is a machine that is used to administer medication, and it is often helpful for people who need larger doses of medicine for their asthma symptoms. The nebulizer transforms liquid medication into a mist so that you can inhale it through a mask. In addition to placing you on a nebulizer during your visit, we may write a prescription so that you can purchase a nebulizer to take home with you for future asthma attacks.
If you are having trouble with asthma, please visit the closest emergency room immediately. Our medical professionals can treat your asthma symptoms so that you can breathe easily once again. Our board-certified physicians will get you taken care of, within the comforts of our fully-stocked facility. Schedule an emergency room appointment with us. Having trouble breathing is considered a medical emergency and you should visit the emergency room immediately or call 911 right away.