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Have I developed asthma

I've had a persistent cough for a few months and have now developed a tightness in my chest. It gets so bad that I can't get a breath. The mornings are rough with waking up to not being able to breathe. It feels like an attack. I will cough uncontrollably until I get back some breathing capability. I've also used an inhaler and nebulizer to help me open my airways. I had been controlling it ok but the last few days have been scary. Have I developed asthma?

  1. Hi. JaniceStorm Thank you for the question. Sorry you are experiencing these symptoms. I wish I could give you a more specific answer to your question. Although, We are unable to diagnose over the Internet. I think the best course of action may be to talk to your physician. He or she would have access to you and be able to do a full assessment, and possibly run some tests, to determine if it is asthma that you have. What do you think? John. asthma.net community moderator

    1. I'm sorry to hear what you're going through. I assume that since you have an inhaler and nebulizer, you've already been to a doctor. Did they do other tests? It might be time to follow up and let them know what you're now experiencing. Weather can play a large part in breathing issues, as can allergies and other environmental factors. As John said, it would certainly pay to speak to your doctor about it.
      Lyn (Asthma site moderator)

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