Asthma is a condition in which airways narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus. Asthma can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing and wheezing along with shortness of breath. Asthma sufferers experience it in varying degrees; for some it is a minor nuisance, for others, it interferes with regular activities and sometimes leads to a severe, even to a life-threatening, asthma attack.
Asthma signs and symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness or pain
- Wheezing when exhaling (common sign in children)
- Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
- Coughing or wheezing attacks worsened by a respiratory virus, such as a cold or flu.
Asthma can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. The team at Springfield Urgent Care can help, and we are here seven days (and nights) a week.