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 Do I have asthma?

Having some symptoms but not sure what’s the cause? The best person to help is your doctor, so make an appointment now. Until then, here’s some information that might help.

The most common symptoms of asthma are:

  • Wheeze
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough

You may have all of these symptoms or only a few, and it’s common that in asthma they come and go.

A diagnosis of asthma is made more likely if your symptoms:

  • keep coming back, or happen at the same time each year
  • are worse at night or in the early morning
  • are clearly triggered by exercise, allergies or infections
  • improve quickly with reliever medication

If you have eczema or hayfever or have close relatives with allergies and/or asthma, you are also more likely to have asthma.

Asthma can be diagnosed at any age, and there are lots of older adults who have asthma but just assume that getting breathless as they get older is normal – it’s not!

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