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By Arthur H. Katz, MD
December 22, 2016
Category: ENT
Tags: Asthma  

Are you experiencing breathing difficulties? Find out if you could have asthma.

How do you know if you have asthma? Our Munster and Merrillville, IN and Olympia Fields, IL otolaryngologist, Dr. Arthur Katz, gets this question a lot. It isn’t always as easy as you may think to tell whether your symptoms are that of asthma or another respiratory problem, but we are here to give you the lowdown on this condition and what to look for if you think you may have it.

The Earliest Signs that You May Have Asthma

Knowing what to look for ahead of time could end up being a lifesaver when it comes to figuring out whether you have asthma or not. While these symptoms will not be severe enough to affect your daily activities, it’s still good to be able to pinpoint an asthma attack so you can prevent worse ones in the future. Early asthma symptoms include,

  • Being short of breath or losing breath easily
  • Frequently coughing, often at night
  • Wheezing after working out
  • Feeling tired after exercising
  • Sore throat, runny nose, congestion and other signs of allergies or a cold
  • Feeling moody or irritable

At the first signs of asthma, it’s important that you are fully evaluated by our Munster and Merrillville and Olympia Fields ENT doctor to determine whether you have asthma or not. Many people with asthma are able to control their flare-ups with medication.

The Signs of an Asthma Attack

When you have an asthma attack the muscles surrounding the airways constrict around the passageways, causing them to swell up and create more mucus than normal. Symptoms of an asthma attack include rapid breathing, persistent coughing, severe wheezing, tightening of the chest muscles, pale skin and the feeling as if you are having an anxiety attack. Symptoms of an asthma attack can come on suddenly and severely so it’s always important that you come in for treatment so that you can keep your asthma under control.

If you are dealing with asthma symptoms in Munster and Merrillville, IN and Olympia Fields, IL then it’s time you called Dr. Katz, our ENT specialist, for help. Turn to the experts you can trust so that you can breathe a little easier.