Signs of Asthma and its Diagnosis


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Importance of Understanding Signs of Asthma

Any disease can only be appropriately cured it its symptoms are known and it can be diagnosed on the basis of these signs or symptoms. Asthma is one of the diseases that have several symptoms in common with other commonly occurring diseases. Therefore, it can be easily ill diagnosed by a layman. Signs of asthma must be known for the exact diagnose of the infection. If the asthma problem remains undiagnosed or untreated, it may develop into serious health issues. Stats about asthma indicate its start from the early age. Therefore, all the parents should know about all the signs of asthma in order to recognize the presence of these signs in their offspring. If you have a little knowledge about the various signs, then you can easily spot them.

Different Important Asthma Signs

The children or infected person of any age start showing signs when air passages of the infected persons become tight or are affected due to inflammation and filled mucus secreted from the epidermal cells of the respiratory tract. Initially, the symptoms are shown at the night when the infected person is sleeping. The mucus secretions close the air tract and cough or wheezing is the first symptom. Especially in children, the shortening of breath is evident and they complain that their chest is contracting or closing and they are finding it difficult to inhale. Sometimes, the chest pain and pressure increases to an extent that it becomes fatal. But keep in mind that symptoms are different for the patients of different ages.

Signs of Asthma may also disappear for some period leading towards the belief that the disease has disappeared or had been cured. It may be due to absence of the triggering agents.  After some period, something may trigger the disease again and symptoms appear. Among the most common stimulants or causal agents are the allergens, infection in the top portions of the air tract, irritants, and heavy workouts, sudden changes in weather or severely cold weather.

Allergens aggravate the infection and induce the signs of asthma. Their examples are dust particles, pollens, pet dander, molds and food particles. Others are irritants that are known to enter into the respiratory tract through drift, smoke, gases and strong or unbearable smells. Some viral infections like flu and cold also affect respiratory tract and trigger symptoms of this disease. Some people, especially the young sportsman and children, experience symptoms when they are involved in sports activities.

One important thing about the signs of asthma is that these resemble to a great deal with the signs of reactive airways disease. Often it is considered same as the attack of asthma but this is an erroneous notion. There are no particular signs of this disease and it is characterized by a long history of sneezing, coughing, wheezing and breath shortening. The similarity of symptoms may lead towards misdiagnosis of the asthma. Although there are clinical tests that are used for asthma diagnosis but these tests are not applicable before the age of 6 years.


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