Early Symptoms of Asthma

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Early symptoms of asthma include changes in breathing, hyperventilation, wheezing, shortness of breath and coughing. Find out why insomnia may be a sign of asthma with help from a nurse and respiratory care practitioner in this free video on respiratory therapy and healthy breathing.

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Hello, I'd like to speak with you today regarding early symptoms of bronchial asthma. One of the things that you might notice if you are presenting with any of, of these symptoms is that changes in your breathing. You might begin to hyper-ventilate or you may have to feel more short of breath than you normally do. But either way you're going to have a breathing changes and wheezing usually on expiration. You may tend to sneeze a lot or you may become real moody with mood swings. You might have a headache; you have runny and stuffy nose; you cough a lot, except sometimes you don't get up or cough up anything at all or just maybe that you just feel like there's something in your bronchial tubes. You may have a chin or throat itch. It may tend to feel like you just need to reach in there and scratch it. You're going to be feeling tired and dark circles maybe under the eyes of the person whose presenting with the symptoms. It might present with insomnia, with trouble sleeping at night and a decrease tolerance to exercise. You won't be able perhaps to, to run as far and use the treadmill or walk as fast and you become more short of breath in your lung; less tolerant to exercise and usually this is going to come after the exercise and not during the exercise. And you're going to notice that if you have already had, perhaps use the peak flow meter. That will measure how much air you can exhale forcibly and if you're using one of those, if you have one handy, you would notice that you have a fifty to eighty percent decrease at what you normally have as you measure your peak expiatory flow. I hope this has helped you some today, knowing some of the signs and symptoms of early warning symptoms of bronchial asthma.

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