are the symptoms of asthma?
The frequency and severity of symptoms vary from person to
person. The first signs of an attack are acute episodes of
wheezing, coughing, tightness or pressure in the chest, shortness
of breath or symptoms that slowly get worse until the person
has a hard time breathing.
an acute attack, a person will have a fast heartbeat and respiratory
rate. They will prefer to sit upright or lean forward. He
or she may feel anxious or appear to be fighting for air.
attack is severs enough, the person may not be able to speak
more than a few words at a time. Severe shortness of breath
and low blood oxygen can occur requiring immediate medical
triggers an asthma attack?
Common triggers of asthma are:
-Smoking and exposure to others who smoke
is asthma diagnosed?
Your physician will take a medical history and perform a physical
Additional testing may include:
is asthma treated?
Asthma is a lung condition that cannot be cured. The goal
is to maximize lung function in order to prevent symptoms,
maintain normal daily activities, and reduce the need for
hospitalizations and doctor visits. Your physician will provide
daily instructions and plans for managing an asthma attack.
Treatment can range from inhalers to hospitalization requiring
intravenous drugs. Asthma is controllable in most people with