While asthma symptoms looks like a normal cough, wheezing and shortness of breath, doctors are not always easy to put a definitive diagnosis. Sometimes it is difficult to determine is this a chronic cough, airway problems or anything else than asthma. Such symptoms as wheezing may come and go, but the cough can occur at special times, such as at night or in connection with an allergy to pollen. Asthma symptoms can be mild or severe. Your child may not show any visible signs of the disease, neither serious nor daily. Their frequency he can also change over time. Asthma symptoms often include:
- Wheezing, a whistling noise of different volume, which occurs when the lumen of the bronchioles narrowed.
- Cough, which is sometimes the only symptom for some children.
- Feeling chest compression
- Shortness of breath, which manifests itself as a rapid and intermittent breath.
- Sleep disturbance.
If your child has only one or two of these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that he has asthma. The more of these characteristics, the higher the probability of asthma.
Asthma attacks occur, when quantity of this symptoms your child has suddenly increased. Factors that increase the risk of asthma:
- Colds or other type of respiratory diseases, particularly those caused by a virus, such as influenza.
- Cigarette smoke and air pollution.
- Hormonal changes, such as during menstruation in girls.
- Adoption of medications, such as aspirin (aspirin-sensitive asthma) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Most asthma attacks successfully pass after using essential drugs. Strictly following the recommendations of the doctor you need to take all the drugs correctly, if possible, to prevent attacks, and they will no longer occur. While some asthma attacks occur very suddenly, many are gradually becoming more and more painful for a few days.
Many children have symptoms that occur during the night (nocturnal asthma). During an asthma attack during the day or night all people have functional changes in lungs. In children with asthma, it is very noticeable, especially at night, and nocturnal cough along with shortness of breath often occur at this time of day. Generally, after waking at night due to shortness of breath or asthma cough this symptoms indicate that should be given treatment. These signs show how serious asthma attack in your child. Signs also help to recognize how dangerous asthma. Talk to your doctor about how to classify the symptoms of asthma. There are other symptoms similar to asthma, like a sinusitis, they include also voice disorders ligaments.