Asthma Symptoms: Mild - Severe - Allergy asthma symptoms

Asthma Symptoms: Mild - Severe - Allergy asthma symptoms

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that effects millions of people world wide. This disease occurs when your airways constrict and become inflamed, making it hard for you to breath and possibly resulting in death. Asthma can develop at any age, from the very young to the elderly. 

An asthma diagnosis was once considered to be very serious. While asthma is certainly a disease that requires attention and attention to early symptoms, most asthma sufferers live full and active lives. Mild asthma symptoms are a signal that your body needs your attention, so be sure to understand what your body is telling you to avoid more serious consequences.

Mild asthma symptoms

Symptoms of Mild Asthma

Symptoms in children or adults are alike, except in most cases children, especially young ones cannot describe what they feel. Hence, the parent is sometimes quite bewildered about their coughs and wheezing and tend to pass it as a 'season change problem'. The common symptoms of asthma include coughing and wheezing especially at night, shortness of breath and/or a feeling of tightness in the chest. But these are more or less signs that belong to asthma that has slightly advanced. 

Asthma Symptoms: Mild - Severe - Allergy asthma symptoms
Mild Asthma Symtoms

To catch the symptoms early on, keep an eye for signs and symptoms that get triggered by allergies, like continuous sneezing, a runny nose or nasal congestion, sore throat, fever, etc. Chronic coughing especially in the night adds to the problems of sleep trouble and fatigue and tiredness. Not all young children with asthma will show signs of wheezing. Loss or shortness of breath, especially while performing a physical activity, or even talking. A change in the speed of the lung function, this is mostly detected by the doctor.

Identification of Mild Asthma Symtoms

Mild asthma symptoms include dry coughing and shortness of breath. Mild wheezing may also be present. As your airways become obstructed, the coughing becomes more pronounced and wheezing will become more readily apparent. If you have previously undiagnosed asthma, be aware that you can develop asthma at any age. If, for example, you have had an upper respiratory infection and are still dry coughing 10 days after other symptoms have resolved, you may want to have your doctor check to see if asthma is the culprit.


Mild asthma symptoms signal the beginning of an asthma attack. They serve to remind you that you need to take your medication to avoid having the attack become more pronounced. Because children are often remiss in taking regular or even occasional medication, be on the lookout for a dry cough that isn't resolving or mild wheezing when your child is breathing in. If either of these symptoms occur, an asthma attack may be starting and your child should reach for her inhaler or nebulizer.


If you don't respond to your body's signal that an asthma attack has begun, the airways will become inflamed and constricted, resulting in a much more significant attack. If the use of an inhaler or nebulizer doesn't seem to stop the attack, or works for only a short time, get emergency help as the attack may be escalating beyond the scope of these drugs. Pay attention to other symptoms that tell you that your mild asthma symptoms are getting worse, such as blue or gray fingertips, rapid breathing or puling in of the skin around your ribs when breathing.


Asthma attacks can begin for a number of reasons. The most common triggers are exposure to cigarette smoke, heavy perfumes, allergens such as fur or feathers and exercise. If you can track what has triggered your attack, you're more likely to be able to head off future asthma attacks or at least have your medication at hand more quickly should those triggers be unavoidable.

Asthma is a manageable disease. While mild asthma symptoms typically occur one or two times per week, with night coughing occurring a few nights a week, many children will grow out of the condition altogether.

Severe asthma symptoms

With an acute severe asthma exacerbation, patients may be restless, agitated, orthopneic, tachypneic, breathing through pursed lips with a prolonged expiratory phase, using accessory muscles of respiration. They may be diaphoretic, cough frequently, have audibly wheezing and be cyanotic. Cyanosis occurs only with profound arterial oxygen desaturation and is a grave sign that appears late in the course of severe asthma.

Asthma Symptoms: Mild - Severe - Allergy asthma symptoms
Severe Asthma Symtoms

Severe Wheezing

Loud raspy wheezing is a sure sign of breathing distress. The person may be heard breathing from across the room as the wheezing gets more severe. You may notice that the space between the ribs or the neck may go in when the person is breathing or retracting a breath. You will also find that the peak flow (a hand held device measuring lung performance) reading will be 50 percent or less.

Severe Coughing

Coughing fits will come to someone in distress with asthma. The asthma sufferer will not be able to catch his breath or stop coughing for long. You may see that she is breathing more shallow and her breaths are either faster or slower in response to the difficulty taking air in. He may complain of a tightness in his chest as the lungs constrict.

Trouble concentrating or talking

Due to the lack of oxygen, a person may find that they are having trouble concentrating on what is going on around them or they may have trouble talking or carrying on a conversation. They may seem lethargic or confused.

Night Time Trouble

Most often the symptoms will be worse in the night time which makes sleeping more difficult. The asthma sufferer may have coughing fits or wheezing that gets worse when she lies down to sleep.

Physical Appearance

A person having severe asthma will have what is called cyanosis. This is where her skin will look a pale gray or bluish color due to the lack of oxygen in the body. This is most prominent around the lips, eyes and the nail beds. You may see the sufferer slouched forward because it is difficult for him to breath and his lungs are painful.

Allergy asthma symptoms

If you have allergic asthma, your airways are hypersensitive to the allergens to which you've become sensitized. Once these allergens get into your airways, your immune system overreacts. The muscles around your airways tighten (an effect called bronchospasm). The airways themselves become inflamed and flooded with thick mucus.

Asthma Symptoms: Mild - Severe - Allergy asthma symptoms
Allergy asthma symptoms

Whether you have allergic asthma or nonallergic asthma, the symptoms of asthma are generally the same and may include any or all of the following:
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid breathing
  • Tightening of the chest
Patients with allergic asthma, as suggested by seasonal exacerbations or allergen-related triggering events, may be sensitive to pollens, dust mites, animal danders, mold spores, occupational dusts, or insects. Less frequently, some children may have food allergy which provokes asthma. Atopic patients are often allergic to many allergens and may react to tiny amounts of allergens. The most sensitive way to identify potentially relevant allergens is by appropriate allergy skin testing. Because allergen avoidance is so important in asthma management, it is usually recommended that any asthmatic who wheezes more than 2 days per week be skin tested.