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What does asthma actually feel like?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
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