Could your chest tightness and nagging cough actually be due to asthma?
Asthma is one of the most common chronic respiratory diseases worldwide, and while this condition is often diagnosed in childhood, sometimes symptoms may be so minor that they aren’t detected until someone’s teen or adult years. Since asthma symptoms can get worse over time, you must recognize when to turn to your Southlake, and Fort Worth, TX, allergy and asthma specialists, Dr. Rene Alberto Leon, Dr. Ali Shakouri, and Dr. Ernesto Ruiz-Huidobro, for an asthma evaluation.
Signs and Symptoms of Asthma
If you suspect that you or a loved one has asthma, be on the lookout for these telltale signs:
- Coughing that often worsens at night
- Tightness in the chest
- Easily fatigued and tired out, especially after activity
- Shallow breathing
Know Your Triggers
It’s important to understand what triggers asthma and can make it worse so that you can avoid it, whenever possible, or also be prepared with the proper medication and lifestyle changes. Some triggers include:
- Bacterial infections
- Respiratory infections
- Poor air quality
- Tobacco smoke and other pollutants
- Cold weather
Fall is Peak Asthma Attack Season
Your Southlake, and Fort Worth, TX, allergists see the majority of asthma patients, particularly children, during late August into September. Why? For one, many kids are going back to school and are exposed to far more germs, which can trigger an attack. This is compounded by the fact that mold and pollen rates are often high during this time of the year.
If your child has asthma, a good rule of thumb is to go through the asthma action plan that our allergists have created so you know what to do if your child has an attack. If you have any questions or concerns about you or your child’s current action plan, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Asthma is nothing to take lightly. If you or your child are dealing with asthma symptoms in Southlake, and Fort Worth, TX, call Texas Regional Asthma and Allergy Center today. You can reach Dr. Leon, Dr. Shakouri, and Dr. Ruiz-Huidobro at (817) 421-0770. We also serve the Roanoke, TX, area.