It is easier for an adult to recognize and understand asthma symptoms. Adults can also communicate better with medical personnel regarding what symptoms they are having so that doctors can make an accurate diagnosis. It is crucial to make an accurate diagnosis for asthma so the correct treatment plan can be started and relief from the symptoms can be on the way.
Asthma, once diagnosed is usually a chronic condition and must be treated consistently in order to control the symptoms. Asthma often begins in childhood so by the time a person reaches adulthood they are usually adjusted to life with asthma and understand well when they are experiencing symptoms and can start treatment immediately.
The first thing many adults notice when they are having an asthma attack is they are coughing, feel tightness or pain in the chest area and have difficulty breathing. They may experience shortness of breath when being physically active if their airway is starting to become inflamed with mucus or becoming restricted as the smooth muscles along the airway contract in reaction to swelling and inflammation in the bronchial area.
Adults can have many triggers for their symptoms of asthma. Some triggers are environmental in nature such as particles in the air that they breathe in and irritate the airway. These particles include dust, pollens, and pet dander. Irritants include pollution, tobacco smoke from cigarettes or cigars, fumes from exhaust or harsh chemicals and breathing in airborne triggers like mold spores or mildew.