For better understanding, the symptoms can be divided into two categories…
Early warning signs
These are the signs which are experienced before that actual episode of asthma. This is the best period one can start treatment and prevent asthma. However these signs may same, entire different or similar in person to person. Some of the early signs are noticed by an individual and others by the other persons. Here are some of the early warning signs …
- Unusual sneezing
- Breathing-pattern change
- Headache without the specific reason.
- Stuffy or running nose
- Chin or throat itching
- Dark circles under eyes
- Disturbed sleep-pattern
- Exhaustion even after small work
- Poor tolerance towards the light exercises
- Unable to speak the long sentence. In this one has to break down the sentence in to two episodes.
When above signs are left unattended and pass on, result in to the symptoms of asthma. They are as under…
- Profuse coughing
- Wheezing that can be heard even without a stethoscope sometimes
- Tightness in the chest and gripping sensation
- Shortness of breath
- Unable to speak continuously for even 10 seconds.
Severe asthma symptoms
These are the symptoms which may bring fatal situation to the individual. This includes…
- Breathing is shallow and extremely deep and harrasing
- The posture shows hunched shoulders
- Severe coughing and breathlessness
- Wheezing or sometime grunting with tightness in the chest.
- Unable to sleep and to walk.
- Difficulty in talking or concentrating the subject
- The nostril size increases while breathing called as nasal flaring
- The neck area moves inwards with breathing pattern called as retractions.
- There could be cyanosis (gray or bluish color of skin or tongue due to lack of oxygen)
- Peak flow numbers are in the danger zone. This means the person cannot count even from one to eight in a single flow of speaking.
During all the episodes, to cover up, the person breathes with higher lung volume to get enough air to the body. Opposite to that, greater the airway limitations, higher the lung effort to keep airway open. Ultimately this ends up in “air-hunger”, a person rushes to the window or to open air to breathe.
Ayurveda explains that person starts coughing. He bends because of the trouble in heart and lungs. If this remains continuous person goes into comma or semi-unconscious state. Sleeping and speaking are most difficult for him. He perspirates a lot and feels dryness in the mouth. His eyebrows are raised and he never feels good in supine position or lying down posture.