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What are the most common asthma symptoms?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Cough & wheezing: Asthma is a common illness in children that may cause wheezing (a whistling-type sound when the child is breathing, dry tight cough, and labored breathing. In many cases, the cough is worse with exertion (such as when the child is running around/playing) and also at nighttime. It is often brought on by a cold, allergies, sudden change in climate, smoke exposure, or exercise.
Dr. Luis Matos
Dr. Luis Matos commented
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Dry coughing during sleep is also common since that is when the body has shut down production of adrenalin and internal cortisone. By the way, post nasal drainage, laryngeal acid reflux, and drainage from dust mite allergy all can cause night time cough.
Mar 4, 2012
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Cough!: Far and away, most common symptom is cough. Other symptoms are noisy breathing (wheezing), shortness of breath, chest pain, and abdominal pain.
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 19 years experience
Cough, wheezing: Asthma can present with wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty running and playing without stopping to catch one's breath. Asthma symptoms usually worsen at night. If cough, wheezing, or shortness of breath awaken your child at night more than twice per month or keep them from running and playing, then make sure to discuss this with your child's doctor.
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics 30 years experience
Asthma: The most common asthma symptoms are wheezing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, severe cough.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Coughing & wheezing: Coughing and wheezing are common symptoms of asthma. Often, a child with asthma symptoms will also breathe faster (take more breaths per minute), and use more chest muscles with stronger efforts to breathe. Wheezing is a sound made when exhaling (breathing out). Symptoms tend to be caused or worsened by colds, flus, exercise, allergies, or rapid changes in the weather.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Wheezing, SOB: Wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath (sob) are the classic symptoms of asthma. Most often, wheezing and shortness of breath follow the brief period of "cold" symptoms in infants/children. The cough is not so prominent as in bronchitis. Coughing or shortness of breath aggravated by excercise also raises suspicion of undiagnosed asthma.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Symptoms...: Asthma symptoms include acute, recurrent shortness of breath accompanied by coughing and/or wheezing. Other symptoms depend on etiology and severity of the acute exacerbation. Most asthmatics are asymptomatic between episodes.

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See below: Asthma symptoms can include -shortness of breath,cough,wheezing,chest tighteness - If you have one or more of these symptoms I would suggest that you seen your doctor- asthma is treatable, but if not treatable can lead to serious symptoms and even death-

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