Asthma is a common health condition that can affect people of any age, and while some people can grow out of the condition, it can be a lifelong problem for others. Working out whether you have this condition in the first place can be tricky, so it’s important to be aware of what you should look out for. To help you spot the signs of asthma yourself, here are three questions you could ask yourself.
Are you experiencing any of the symptoms?
There are a number of symptoms associated with asthma. The most common include breathlessness, wheezing, coughing and a tight chest, and the severity of these can vary from person to person. There a variety of other reasons why could be experiencing these symptoms, making it difficult to distinguish if you are actually suffering from this condition or not. However, if you struggle with any of these symptoms on a frequent basis, it could be that you have asthma, so it’s definitely worth getting checked out by your doctor.
To learn more about the signs of asthma, you could carry out your own research online. There are a number of reputable online websites such as Online Doctor LloydsPharmacy that offer useful, trustworthy information about the condition.
Do you suffer in certain situations?
Asthma can be set off by a variety of different things, including the weather (such as when there is a sudden change in temperature), being around animals, dust and being in the company of someone who is smoking. These are often referred to as ‘triggers’, and what sets off your asthma symptoms might be completely different to someone else suffering with the same condition. You could have more than one trigger too, so you may notice that your symptoms worsen in certain situations.
Do you struggle to cope with your symptoms?
Some of the symptoms associated with asthma are often seen as completely ordinary in certain scenarios. For example, it’s perfectly normal to be out of breath after you’ve been to the gym or feel the need to cough if you’ve been cleaning somewhere particularly dusty. However, if you are struggling to cope and you’re finding it difficult to keep your symptoms under control, you could be suffering from asthma.
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, you should seek medical attention. A doctor will be able to examine you and offer you advice on how to ease your symptoms and the treatments available.
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