Ask your doctor what you should do in case of an attack so that you know specifically what to do when the time comes. Being prepared minimizes the possibility of reacting with panic which does not help at all.
How do you know if you are about to have an asthma attack? There are some typical signs which signal an attack before it occurs. The nose gets irritated. So does the throat. You get thirsty over and over again with the thirst seemingly difficult to slake. You feel a frequent need to go the bathroom to urinate.
If you are using a reliever, also called a puffer, you find that it is not as efficient as before. Where you usually can do without it for three or four hours, you find yourself having to use it more often. Sometimes, you can breathe without the typical accompanying asthmatic wheezing sound. However, you still find it difficult to breathe. Having to talk becomes difficult because you need to stop now and then to take a deep breath.
Because breathing becomes increasingly difficult, there is less amount of oxygen in your circulatory system. This may result in cyanosis, with the areas surrounding the mouth and the fingertips turning somewhat bluish.
These difficulties may sometime result in anxiety. You may find it tough to think in clear, precise terms. This rising anxiety in turn may result in more belabored breathing.
Individuals may exhibit their personal set of symptoms. You have to be observant and discerning enough so that you become familiar with your distinctive signs. This will allow you to deal with the symptoms right away. If you are able to address the symptoms immediately, they are not likely to escalate into a full-scale respiratory crisis.
It is possible to foretell an asthma attack by symptoms typical of the condition. The more characteristic asthma attack symptoms include the following:
• You often feel short of breath. You laugh or talk for a reasonable length of time then find that you have to take time out to catch your breath.
• Your breath is often accompanied by a whistling sound. This occurs because your nasal airways become narrower. The wheezing may be in attendance as you inhale or as you exhale.
• You find physical exercise and sports taxing. You are unable to sustain activities requiring you to be physically active without becoming short of breath.
• You feel tightness in your chest, a feeling akin to having a weighty, cumbersome object rest on your chest. Inhaling comes with great effort. This pain increases in colder conditions. This is a result of air being entrapped in the lungs’ air passageways as they swell. The membranes in this area tend to stretch, resulting in a painful tightness.
• You produce thick and sticky phlegm. This makes it difficult to inhale, its presence usually indicated by a gurgle or rattle. Coughing usually causes the mucus to be dislodged.
• Even in the absence of viral or bacterial infection, you are prone to suffer from fits of coughing. This happens frequently at night or dawn, when the temperature is cooler, or after you work out.
• The nose feels congested. Nasal passages are frequently blocked, sometimes inflamed
• Difficult, belabored breathing may make it difficult for you to get a sound, restful sleep. Frequent coughing becomes troublesome and disrupts rest. It is not surprising that you often feel exhausted and listless during the day.
Do not ignore these symptoms. Discuss with your doctor as soon as you can if you detect persistent symptoms.2016-08-04