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How Do I Know If I Have Asthma?

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Updated March 16, 2009

Question: How Do I Know If I Have Asthma?
Answer:

While the typical person is diagnosed with asthma in early childhood, you can develop asthma at any age. Anyone with one or a combination of the following symptoms could have asthma:

  • Cough - often with symptoms worsening at night
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Decreased ability to preform normal activities
  • Frequent nighttime awakenings or symptoms

If you have any of these symptoms, you may want to discuss asthma with your healthcare provider. Asthma can sometimes be difficult to diagnose as the symptoms mentioned above can occur in diseases other than asthma.

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Source:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Topic of the Month. Accessed march 15, 2009. Asthma Facts.

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