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How do I know if I have asthma?
01 Oct 2012

Some of the most common symptoms of asthma are:

  • a cough that won't go away, especially at night.
  • wheezing and being short of breath - this can happen at any time, but often happens during exercise.
  • coughing or being short of breath after being around animals.

There are a number of things that can trigger an attack of asthma - following are a few examples.

  • virus infections such as colds and flu
  • pollen
  • cigarette smoke
  • exercise
  • cold weather or cold air
  • dust and dust mites
  • fur of some animals
  • polluted air
  • chemicals and strong smells
  • some foods
  • some medicines, such as aspirin.

If you think you might have asthma, go to your doctor to have it checked out. There's no need to suffer with it.

For more information, see our topic Asthma.