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Asthma: The Risk of Difficult Breathing

It’s that time of the year when asthma and allergy triggers make their spring debut. Those living with asthma know that if certain precautions are not in place, the condition can be aggravated.


Common symptoms and signs of asthma in children include:

  • Coughing, especially at night
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
    Cigarette smoke and seasonal allergies can trigger asthma within certain individuals. For someone affected with asthma, the triggers can be particularly severe, and even fatal if not treated immediately and properly. Things to look out for with infants may be shortness of breath during feeding. For toddlers, there may be limited running and playing and possible fatigue and coughing. For most children, asthma attacks can be triggered if the immune system is already weak with a cold virus or sinus infection.

    Keep an eye out for an asthma emergency which includes symptoms of gasping for air, hard breathing, and trouble speaking because of lack of breath. Taking steps to control asthma means reducing exposure to substances which trouble the lungs such as:

    – Cigarette smoke
    – Food diet should not be too harsh on the throat or nasal cavity.
    – Reduce exposure to known allergy triggers such as dust, pollen, and pet dander.

    These are all small steps but can accumulate to make a lot of difference in the quality of our lives. Instead of relying on total medication, these preventative steps can assist in making sure that the risk to asthma is reduced.