Shortness of Breath Could Mean You May Have Asthma
Asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath can occur during allergy season. This can make breathing difficult or even impossible. Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the lung’s airways. If left unmanaged or misdiagnosed, asthma can be deadly. About 3,300 people die from it every year.
Many people think all asthma is the same. Not so. Generally, there are two types of asthma: allergy-induced asthma and nonallergy-induced asthma.
Common triggers for nonallergy-induced asthma include:
- Colds and the flu
- Exposure to extreme weather
Allergy-induced asthma is caused by exposure to allergens, such as:
- Grass, tree, ragweed and other weed pollen
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
Just because some people with asthma have allergies doesn’t mean all people with allergies have asthma.
Some people with asthma have such mild symptoms they may not even know they have it. For other people, the symptoms are severe and can be life-threatening.
Common asthma symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Whistling or wheezing sounds while breathing
- Increased mucus production
Many people are able to successfully manage their asthma symptoms and live an active and healthy life. There is no cure for asthma, but medications may help control the symptoms. If you think you have asthma, make an appointment to see your primary care doctor or an allergist.
Asthma Information: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology