Asthma Symptoms

The usual symptoms of asthma are:

  • Difficulty in breathing/shortness of breath

  • A tight feeling in the chest

  • Wheezing (a whistling noise in the chest)

  • Coughing-Hoarse, particularly at night

You may experience one, several or all of the symptoms above.  These symptoms may occur in episodes, perhaps brought on by colds or chest infections, exercise, change of temperature, dust or other irritants in the air, or by an allergy e.g. pollen or animals.  Episodes at night are common, often waking the patient.  A few people have these complaints all the time.  You need to see your doctor, who will check that there is not some other explanation.  By examining your chest, doing breathing tests and listening to your description of symptoms, the doctor can usually decide if you have asthma and can prescribe some suitable treatment.