Although springtime-induced allergies strike widely as pollen counts climb and spring cleaning season hits, some suffer from breathing issues year-round, and without any sort of allergy-related trigger. Well-known difficulties such as shortness of breath (particularly after high levels of exertion such as running or even uncontrollable laughing) and coughing signal that the sufferer may be dealing with asthma. But there are also some surprising signs you have asthma that you may have never known about. . . until know.
WebMD noted that asthma is the inflammation of bronchial passageways, which means more sticky secretions inside the bronchial tubes. Although you can definitely experience some of the tell-tale asthma symptoms without actually being asthmatic, the condition is a fairly common and fairly chronic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 8.6 percent of children and 7.4 percent of adults have asthma. Along with shortness of breath and coughing (especially at night or in the morning), chest tightness and wheezing can be common symptoms. If you experience frequent bouts of these symptoms, they may be a sign that you have asthma.
Additionally, Prevention noted that if you are overweight or obese, live in an area where pollution is higher, or are a smoker, you may be more susceptible to developing asthma. Whether you're potentially more pre-disposed to developing asthma or not, keep an eye out for these seven sneaky signs that could point to asthma to catch it earlier and help you or your loved ones breathe easier.