Diagnosing asthma at an early stage in Columbus, Ohio is important for effective treatment. This is a chronic disease that afflicts over six million children and 15 million adults. It is an inflammatory lung disease that can cause episodes of coughing, wheezing, and general breathing difficulty. These episodes can easily be triggered by a multitude of factors, including cold air, exercise, allergens, infection. It is a serious disease that needs to be diagnosed and treated as quickly, and as thoroughly as possible.

These episodes of coughing and general difficulty in breathing is caused by air passages swelling up and creating a thick mucous. At the same time, Bronchospasm, which is a tightening of the muscles around the airway, can cause the air passage to tighten even further. This causes a very minor amount of air that can pass in and out of your lungs, causing the oxygen cycle in your bloodstream to stall.

The general symptoms for asthma differ from person to person, but there are things to look out for in order to avoid or prepare for a sudden attack. Basic symptoms tend to include coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and an increased breathing rate. The less obvious signs tend to be the more dangerous, if you happen to feel tired or less energetic during a strenuous activity like exercise. At this point, it is possible that your body is being affected by the smaller amounts of air that you’ve been able to get into your system. Should most or all of these symptoms be present at the same time, or if the coughing or wheezing are so severe that the person can’t seem to function very well, immediate attention from a medical professional should be considered.

Be sure to remember the more severe symptoms, as they may also require immediate attention. Symptoms such as having difficulty in speaking full sentences, hard and fast breathing, or nasal flaring. Should you or a friend appear to be pulling chest and neck muscles in order to breath, or their lips or fingernails are beginning to turn gray or blue, consider these to be the sign of a life-threatening emergency.

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