Could I have asthma?
I've been afraid I have asthma lately, so I've been researching it. I have even more symptoms than I thought I had but, I'm still not sure if it is asthma. I keep reading that coughing is a main symptom of asthma but I haven't had much coughing at all. I have been having moderate difficulty breathing almost constantly. I've been wheezing almost constantly. I've had a tighness or pressure in my chest almost constantly. These symptoms are throughout almost the whole day, and are especially bad at night, when it keeps me up for hours. The only thing is that I've been reading that the main symptom of asthma is coughing and I haven't been coughing really at all. Could it still be asthma? Should I bring it up with my doctor?
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replied March 15th, 2011
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health forum.

Asthma is due to a hypersensitiveness of the airway tract to variety of stimuli. People with asthma experience symptoms when the airways tighten, inflame, or fill with mucus. Common asthma symptoms include:

1. Coughing, especially at night ;
2. Wheezing ;
3. Shortness of breath ;
4. Chest tightness, pain, or pressure

Still, not every person with asthma has the same symptoms in the same way. You may not have all of these symptoms, or you may have different symptoms of asthma at different times

Asthma can be controlled by taking the regular medications including inhalers. Typically bronchodilators are prescribed for regular use and for acute episodes. When exacerbation occurs, a steroid inhaler can be prescribed by your doctor which will help stabilize the airways and prevent further worsening or future attacks. In addition medications can be prescribed to prevent the hypersensitiveness of the airway.

If you think you have asthma, you can consult your doctor , who can examine you and then do some basic tests to diagnose asthma and start the necessary treatment.

I hope this helps.

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