5 Warning Signs That Could Keep You Out of ER

By 14 November 2019

Many people knowingly experience asthma for the first time when they are rushed to the emergency room with acute breathing problems. Many of them did not realize that asthma could develop in adults. Consequently, they did not seek medical help when symptoms first appeared. This neglect can be fatal.

If you suspect you have adult or late-onset asthma a final diagnosis should be left to a qualified practitioner, but there are some signs that suggest asthma may be a problem.

Many adults who develop asthma will have experienced chest problems as a child. They may have suffered a higher than the average number of coughs or episodes of bronchitis. This may have been undiagnosed asthma.

Although asthma does seem to run in families because there is a genetic component to the condition it is not unusual for a single-family member to develop asthma while their siblings do not.

If you have more than two of the following symptoms it is probable that you are suffering some form of lung disease and you should consult a doctor.

  1. Do you correctly use your diaphragm to breathe, or do you lift your shoulders and chest as you breathe?
  2. Can you complete long sentences without becoming short of breath?
  3. Do you wheeze? This could be a sign that mucus has built up in your airways.
  4. Do you have a rapid pulse? This could be due to a lack of oxygen in your bloodstream.
  5. Are your chest, back or stomach muscles painful? This could be a sign of the strained breathing is putting on these muscles.

If you do have asthma it is likely that it is triggered by something. The most common asthma triggers include pollution from traffic or industry, cold or dry air, and airborne irritants.

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