Asthma: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Posted on June 15 2017

Asthmatic bronchus (asthma) is a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. An asthma attack may include coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and trouble breathing. The attack happens in your body’s airways, which are the paths that carry air to your lungs. As the air moves through your lungs, the airways become smaller, like the branches of a tree are smaller than the tree trunk. During an asthma attack, the sides of the airways in your lungs swell and the airways shrink. Less air gets in and out of your lungs, and mucous that your body makes clogs up the airways even more. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity. Affecting patients of all ages, symptoms of asthma include wheezing, chest tightness, difficulty breathing and coughing, and some treatments include nebulizer machines and humidifiers, to asthma allergy medications.


Signs and Symptoms: Chest Tightness; Coughing with thick, clear, or yellow mucus; Cyanosis (late sign); Diaphoresis; Nasal flaring; Pursed-lip breathing; Sudden dyspnea; Tachycardia; Tachypnea; Use of accessory muscles for breathing; Wheezing accompanied by coarse rhonchi.

Cause: Obstruction or narrowing of the airways, which are typically inflamed and hyperresponsive to variety of stimuli.

For asthma related treatments that may be needed and suggested by your doctor visit the asthma section of our site here.

Looking for pediatric nebulizers? We have those too, like the Express Train Nebulizer and Dog Nebulizer!

Also be sure to check out our Lung Health Pinterest board for tips and education.