Asthma is a disease that affects the airways in your lungs. If you have asthma, the lining in your airways are swollen and inflamed all the time. This makes your airways more likely to be bothered by allergens or other things such as smoke, stress, exercise or cold air. These triggers don’t bother most people, but they can cause symptoms if you have asthma.
Some common asthma symptoms are:
- Coughing, especially at night, with exercise or when laughing
- Trouble breathing
- Tight feeling in the chest
- Wheezing – a squeaky or whistling sound
Sometimes a cough that won’t go away is the only symptom. Asthma symptoms often happen at night and in the morning, but can happen at any time. If you think you have asthma, you need to be evaluated by a board certified allergy and asthma specialist.