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How Do I Know if I Have Asthma?

Asthma is a silent disorder, more common and prevalent than many imagine, often going undiagnosed for years. Asthma can affect any age, any race or gender, and doesn't play favorites on who, or when, it strikes. Asthma is caused by inflamed airways, lessening and blocking the intake of oxygen. The causes of these attacks are referred to as asthma triggers, and vary from person to person. Common triggers can include tobacco smoke, stress and strong emotions, infections of the respiratory system, animals, dust, changes in the weather, exercise, mold, and, most commonly, pollen.

The symptoms of asthma vary from mild to severe, with the most

common symptom being a cough or wheezing. This is followed by a shortness of breath and a feeling of not being able to breathe. Emergency symptoms include a blue color to the lips and face due to the lack of oxygen from blocked airways. Sweating and severe anxiety are also symptoms of asthma, usually caused by the fact the beating has become more difficult. There tests to help diagnose asthma, usually by identifying the allergens that trigger attacks. By eliminating these allergens, asthma attacks can become less frequent, and less severe. Arterial blood tests can also be useful in diagnosing asthma. These tests to measure allergen reactions and can even involve chest x-rays to look at the lungs and airways, looking for blockages. Finally, lung function tests and peak flow measurements are used to measure air intake.

Treatment for asthma consists of eliminating the triggers that can cause attacks. Medications to reduce swelling in the lungs and lessen the severity of asthma are available, usually administered through and an inhaler or orally. Also, there is quick relief drugs that can be used for times of sudden attack. While there is no cure for asthma, the triggers can be identified and the symptoms treated, lessening the impact of asthma on your life. With treatment those with asthma can lead normal lives and overcome the symptoms of asthma. Take our quiz below and see if you should be concerned about asthma.

Do you often have problems breathing?
Do you often become winded after moderate exercise?
Do you have a tightness or in your chest?
Have you had trouble sleeping because of coughing or wheezing?
Do you wheeze or whistle when exhaling?
Do you have coughing or wheezing attacks that won't go away?
Do you have a sudden shortness of breath?
Has your trouble breathing been only getting worse?