Chest tightness is a common asthma symptom, and can also occur with other symptoms, such as a cough. People may describe this as a heavy weight on their chest, making it difficult to breathe in for a deep breath. This feeling typically will make cause anxiety, and make your symptoms worse. This symptom should not be ignored because it may cause an asthma attack. When this occurs, it is essential to track your symptoms for your physician. The physician will want to know things such as frequency, what were you doing when it happened, what other symptoms you experienced, etc.
There are many triggers for chest tightness with asthma. In some people, it may worsen during certain activities or by the environment. Common inhaled triggers may include pet dander, smoke, cold air, pollen, or mold. It can also be triggered by exercise or emotional stress. Avoiding these triggers is the best way to avoid chest tightness. The best first step is to make your bedroom completely trigger-free. This means removing carpet, pets, dusting, etc. When these triggers make asthma worse, then you may experience an asthma attack.
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