Causes of asthma

2) What are the symptoms of asthma?

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  • Shortness of Breath
  • Cough
  • Wheeze
    High-pitch, squeaky noise. Listen to an example on YouTube
  • Chest tightness
    This may feel like there is a tight band around or pressing on your chest.

People with asthma might have one or more of these symptoms.
They usually come and go and can change throughout the day.
They can happen at rest or on doing activities and they are sometimes worse at night.
The cause of the symptoms is not always clear but sometimes triggers can be identified

NHS Choices Quiz: Asthma Self-Assessment – Could you have Asthma?


If you recognise any of these symptoms – see your GP or practice nurse.