Adult Onset Asthma

By Julie Eversole Operations Manager at the Lung Center of America

When we think about asthma, we often imagine the condition starting in a child, right? Well, that’s not always the case.

Adult onset asthma is a real thing that often catches patients by surprise. Usually it appears after an upper respiratory infection. Patients are tipped off to the problem when symptoms of the infection linger on indefinitely—sometimes up to 30 years!

Oftentimes, when adults bring these lingering symptoms to their doctor, they’re diagnosed with asthma—when in reality what they actually have is a curable low-grade infection!

Curious about adult-onset asthma? Here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Cough – Ongoing dry cough or cough with phlegm

  • Gasping for Breath – Frequent respiratory infections, shortness of breath, gasping for air, or wheezing

  • Chest heaviness/congesting – A squeezing or tightening in the chest area

  • Fatigue – Feeling continually worn out, not having the desire or ability to exercise

  • Weakness – Feeling continually worn down and weak

  • Sputum Production – Coughing up and spitting out the material produced in the respiratory tract

  • Wheezing – A whistling or rattling sound in the chest caused by airway obstruction

  • Shortness of Breath – Frequent respiratory infections, shortness of breath, gasping for air, or wheezing

  • Loss of Sleep – Unable to sleep causing continual tiredness and fatigue

  • Dyspnea on Exertion – Difficulty breathing when engaged in a simple activity

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, there’s hope! Contact us today to set up a consultation.


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