Asthma Symptoms & Triggers

Asthma is a condition where a person’s airways begin to swell and fill with mucus, making it difficult or impossible to breathe. This sort of reaction in people with asthma is typically triggered by exposure to specific substances or environmental changes.

Asthma Symptoms

Asthma symptoms can range from mild to severe. In fact, many people with mild symptoms may be unaware that they have asthma. People who have allergies or eczema are more likely to also have asthma. Asthma symptoms in children are important to catch early, but can be especially difficult to diagnose. That’s why at Bluegrass Allergy Care we specialize in treating asthma in young children.

If you experience any of the symptoms listed here, or asthma runs in your family, call Bluegrass Allergy Care to make an appointment today. Undiagnosed asthma can be a severe risk to your health. If you are experiencing extreme difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.

Common symptoms of asthma include:

  • Coughing, especially if at night, when exercising or when laughing.
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A tight feeling in your chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing

Asthma Triggers

There are a large number of things that can trigger a reaction in a person who has asthma. Asthma can be triggered by allergies, but there are also triggers that are not related to allergies at all.

Allergic asthma triggers include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Animal dander
  • Mold

Non-allergic asthma triggers include:

  • Smoke
  • Chemical fumes
  • Illnesses like a cold or flu
  • Exercise
  • Stress
  • Weather conditions like cold or dry air, wet or windy conditions
  • Certain food additives
  • Certain medications