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what does asthma actually feel like?

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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
37 years experience Pediatrics
Hard 2 blow balloon: Some report it feels like someone sitting on one's chest, others describe it like trying to blow up a balloon that has a stopper in it. As a doc w asthma i agree with both.
Answered on Jan 17, 2012
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Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
Varies: Chest tightness, coughing fits that are hard to stop, shortness of breath, difficulty getting air out (or in), smothering, etc are all symptoms of uncontrolled asthma.
Answered on Jul 28, 2012
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Symptoms...: Asthma typically feels like trying to breathe with a lot of resistance, like breathing through a very small straw. It usually feels like you cannot completely fill your lungs and there is a lot of coughing and wheezing when you try to exhale. It is a very uncomfortable and scary sensation as it feels like there is not enough air!
Answered on Jul 20, 2012

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