Typically speaking, asthma is a disease that many associate with early childhood and human development. Certainly most of the individuals affected by asthma do indeed come into contact with it at earlier ages, but we’re now seeing more and more cases of adult-onset asthma emerging. For those unfamiliar with the symptoms of the illness, one can often make the mistake of assuming that you’re suffering from a more serious condition. Moreover, those that live in congested area (i.e. – near or in a large metropolitan city) then you might be affected by smog and pollution as well, which is something to be mindful of. Specifically, here are some of the signs that you might have Asthma…
Recurrent coughing fits at night
When you lay down to sleep at night you’re trying to relax, and if you lead a fairly stressful life this is the time when you might begin to notice irregularities in your breathing.
General difficulty when breathing
This one is an immediate giveaway, but again, if you’re completely unfamiliar with what asthma feels like then it’s easy to make the mistake of assuming that your problems are related to something trivial. More often than not people encounter issues when walking for long or even short distances during the day. This in turn can even trigger panic attacks, where individuals think they’re actually having heart problems, etc.
Tightness in the chest area
Building upon the difficulty breathing, one might feel that their chest is tight and “full” of stuff. Needless to say, this is a most uncomfortable situation to find yourself in and again, can cause certain individuals to go into full on “panic mode” assuming the worst. Additionally, if can also force you to become more inactive which can actually exacerbate other symptoms in certain cases.
Shortness of breath
Shortness of breath is also another reported symptom and it too can elicit feelings of panic. Typically speaking, this implies a situation where you’re breathing normally and you feel the air going out of your lungs or even as if you are suffocating. All too often this is an indication of a less serious disease, but occasionally it can mean something more serious. In the case of asthma however, if this is paired with other breathing problems then it’s safe to say that asthma is the culprit.
Lastly, there’s wheezing, which implies a certain “noisy squeeze box-like” effect where your lungs apparently seem to be filled up with something. For those that smoke this might be immediately written off as congestion, but it could be any number of things.
What causes adult onset asthma anyway?
Actually, children’s lung capacities exceed that of adults, by comparison. As we grow older our air intake somewhat decreases while the chest walls and muscles work to decrease the volume of air that’s taken in. Anyone over the age of 20 who develops asthma is said to suffer from the adult onset variety.
Typical sufferers include:
- Anyone who might be exposed to hazardous materials
- Those with allergies
- Women going through hormonal changes
- Individuals overcoming a recent illness(es)