Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, a tight feeling in the chest, coughing, and wheezing. Sometimes a chronic cough is the only symptom, and many cases go undiagnosed. Symptoms are most frequent at night and in the morning, but an asthma episode can occur at any time. These may range from only mild discomfort to life-threatening attacks in which breathing stops altogether.
Allergy A.R.T.S. center includes a state-of-the-art pulmonary lab for both adult and pediatric patients. Did you know some people have been diagnosed with asthmatic symptoms but had vocal chord dysfunction?
The causes of asthma are not fully understood. Nevertheless, there are several factors known to trigger an asthma episode. These include:
Exposure to Allergens – substances that cause an allergic reaction in some people, including pollen, dust, mold, feathers, animal dander, and some foods.
Irritants in the Air – including smoke, dirt, gases, and/or odors.
Respiratory Infections – such as colds, bronchitis, sinusitis, flu or other illnesses.
Exercise – although people with asthma can benefit from an exercise program with pre-treatment and proper monitoring.
Emotional Stress – tense muscles and shallow breathing may contribute.
Cold, windy weather – or sudden changes in the weather.