The most common symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, chest tightness and pressure, coughing, and / or wheezing. Wheezing is a whistling sound that can be heard mostly with expiration or when you're breathing out. It is formed deep in your chest and should not be heard from the throat area. In most forms of asthma, shortness of breath is felt with expiration, but with severe asthma attacks, both breathing in and out can feel difficult. As the symptoms can be very different for each person, while some people may have only an asthma cough, others will feel a combination of all of the symptoms, including chest tightness, chest pressure, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. During an asthma attack, symptoms can be mild and improve quickly with a medication that opens up the small airways, such as an albuterol inhaler or a nebulizer treatment. Contact your doctor if you think you have symptoms of asthma. You should seek emergency help if you are having severe asthma attack symptoms, and you do not have access to asthma medications, or if you have used your medications and are not feeling better, or you're getting worse.
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