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What are the most common asthma symptoms?
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Luis Matos
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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Cough!
Far and away, most common symptom is cough.
Other symptoms are noisy breathing (wheezing), shortness of breath, chest pain, and abdominal pain.

In brief: Cough!
Far and away, most common symptom is cough.
Other symptoms are noisy breathing (wheezing), shortness of breath, chest pain, and abdominal pain.
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Asthma
The most common asthma symptoms are wheezing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, severe cough.

In brief: Asthma
The most common asthma symptoms are wheezing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, severe cough.
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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