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.
1. You're Sighing Or Yawning A Lot
What? I know. But according to Everyday Health, near-constant yawning and sighing can be a very early sign of asthma. If you're gotten plenty of sleep, but you can't quit yawning, have a chat with your doctor the next time you're in — you may need a lung function test.
2. You Have Recurring Bronchitis
Although anyone can develop occasional bronchitis, those who have asthma are more likely to contract bronchitis because they both impact bronchial tubes. According to Healthline, bronchitis and asthma are linked — if you suffer from repeated bronchitis infections or a lingering case that won't go away, it may be a sign that you actually have asthma.
3. You're Tired AF
OK, I know, you're saying that fatigue is a symptom for so many things. It's true, but Dr. Ashanti W. Woods told Weather.com that since kids are supposed to want to play and be active and engaged, when they're tired, it's concerning and can be indicative of a condition like asthma.
4. You're Moody Or Easily Upset
Yeah, mood swings happen. But if you're grouchier than normal, it could be a super-sneaky sign that you have asthma and struggles with breathing normally, according to WebMD.
5. You Have Trouble Sleeping
If you have difficulty sleeping, it could be a potential sign that you have asthma. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, sleep difficulties, especially related to coughing or wheezing, can be due to asthma or other allergies.
6. You Suffer From Indigestion
According to the aforementioned Everyday Health article , acid reflux and indigestion can be a sign that you have asthma. Because the indigestion can trigger an allergic reaction, it can induce an asthma attack - a clear sign that you might have the condition.
7. You Have Eczema
If your baby has eczema, he or she may be more susceptible to developing asthma later on. According to Parents, babies who have eczema are more likely to develop food allergies as toddlers, environmental allergies as kids and then asthma at some point. Doctors refer to the link between allergies, asthma, and eczema as the "allergy march" or "atopic march."