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Asthma In Children

What Are The Symptoms Of Asthma?

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 17:32

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Asthma symptoms occur as the child's lungs react to something to which they are sensitive. Inside the lung:

  • The many tiny muscles surrounding the air passages tighten, making them narrower than usual.
  • The air passages become swollen and more inflamed.
  • The swollen air passages produce more mucus, further clogging the already narrow tubes.

This results in the symptoms of asthma:

  • Shortness of breath as the child strains to get air into the lungs.
  • A wheezing, whistling sound, as the air goes through the narrowed airways.
  • Tightness in the chest, sometimes with pain.
  • Coughing to get rid of mucus.
  • A feeling that the throat is clogged.

Asthma In Children