Medical professionals have spent many years trying to study the causes and effects of asthma on a variety of individuals. Over the many years of scientific research the medical profession has come up with two main categories of asthma. One is extrinsic which refers more to an allergic reaction to something within the environment or food source. The other category is intrinsic which does affect about ten percent of the mass population. This intrinsic type of asthma usually develops at or near the age of thirty and the medical community is still perplexed as to why this occurs.
The most obvious trigger seems to come after a major respiratory infection and the bronchi within the lungs never really heals and returned to the normal state as before the respiratory infection set In children under the age of two presents another difficulty for the medical pediatrician because it is very difficult to diagnose with any sense of accuracy. The cause of asthma setting into children of this age is often from an infection to one of many infant diseases. The asthma guidelines suggest that even when this childhood asthma clears up there is a high probability that in older years it will re-emerge out of no where.
Childhood asthma may also be a catalyst from and to other diseases that under normal circumstances will remain unnoticed. In most cases though it is allergy that causes most of the symptoms asthma displays which can come from everyday items such as:
Dust mites and mold
Pets and insects
Foods such as fish, eggs, peanuts, cow’s milk, and soy
Additives, such as sulfites
Work related agents such as latex
Allergic asthma contributors are common allergens that for the most part are difficult for the individual to remove from when recognized. These are everywhere and for any individual to try and avoid them is next to impossible in most cases. Well over ninety percent of all cases receiving an asthma diagnosis fall into the category as under observance of the medical community. One of the more interesting aspects of this type of allergic asthma is that in most cases nasal allergies and eczema are also present. It is a strange bedfellow and the medical community is still unsure of why this happens, but the fact is that is does.
Variable symptoms of asthma are unique to each individual because there are so many varying degrees. The difficulty in diagnosing allergy asthma is because many of the general symptoms are a duplicate of other symptoms with other diseases and disorders. Identifying the true cause is often tedious and extremely time consuming. The same process is in repeat when the medical physician is trying to ascertain which allergy is causing conflict. The same symptoms occur with other respiratory infections and in certain heart conditions.
Diagnostic testing is the only way the medical physician can pinpoint the identifying cause and the individual must try to remain patient because this will take time to diagnosis. Keeping this malady in mind there are four allergy asthma symptoms that are generally in recognition and they are:
Shortness of breath, particularly when exertion is involved
Wheezing with a whistling or hissing sound when breathing out
Coughing, sometimes chronic coughing, worsening at night
Tightness in the chest occurring without provocation
Asthma symptoms unfortunately are an aggravation activated by an entire host of agents. This is the reason why it is so difficult to understand that no two asthmatics react in the same way to the same food and environmental triggers. This will also depend on the age and overall health of the individual. Individuals suffering from other ailments will have a shorter trigger as opposed to individuals who have no other identifying causes.