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Can Asthma Cause Chest Pain?



Asthma can cause chest pain.

More Info: There are many symptoms of asthma some more severe than others.  Those with asthma may experience chest pain as well as shortness of breath, cough, intercostals retractions, wheezing, and nasal flaring.  The National Institute of Health advises that if you have asthma and are experiencing severe chest pain to go to the emergency room.

What Are the Symptoms of Asthma?

The symptoms of asthma are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, chest pain, or chest pressure. These symptoms occur when a person’s bronchial tubes and airways constrict due to inflammation or mucous secretions. Symptoms may be mild, moderate, or severe, and may vary depending on the time of day, environment, or activities. An onset of these symptoms usually leads to what is referred to as an asthma attack. A person may have frequent attacks or go for extended periods of time between attacks. Many people can go about daily activities, while medication may be necessary for others.

What Asthmatic Symptoms Require Emergency Attention?

Knowing what asthmatic symptoms require emergency attention could save your life.  An acute asthma attack that is not responsive to your regular quick response medications could be life-threatening if alternate treatment is not addressed immediately.  Symptoms that require emergency medical attention are being out of breath when motionless, blue lips and nails, confusion, loss of consciousness, and anxiety.



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