Asthma is characterized by recurrent episodes of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. Sputum may be produced from the lung by coughing but is often hard to bring up. Symptoms are usually worse at night and in the early morning or in response to exercise or cold air. It is important to spot these symptoms at a first stage either to stop development or to take safety measures:
Coughing, especially at night, during exercise or when laughing
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- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness or pain
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound in your chest when breathing, especially when exhaling)
- Irregular or rapid breathing
- Retraction below the ribs or collarbone
- Pale of Clammy skin
- Sleeping problems
- Feeling light-headed, dizzy or weak
- Difficulty exercising
- Running out of breath as you try to speak or inhale
- Dry mouth, especially if you begin breathing through the mouth more often instead of the nose.
- It is important to remember that not every person with asthma will experience similar symptoms. But if any asthma symptom is visible, one should take safety measures. It can become deadly if left untreated.
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