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Trouble breathing can be a sign of asthma. For many people, the main signs and symptoms of asthma are wheezing, shortness of breath, excess mucus and chest tightness. For others, a chronic cough that comes and goes every now and then may be the main or only symptom of asthma.
Trouble breathing can also be caused by other conditions, including emphysema, respiratory infections, bronchitis, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), acid reflux and heart disease (cardiovascular disease).
Asthma is more likely to be causing your symptoms if any of the following apply:
See your doctor if you have a cough or other respiratory symptoms that last more than a few weeks. Even if it isn't asthma, it may be something that needs treatment. If you have severe trouble breathing or shortness of breath with chest pain or nausea, seek immediate emergency care.
Last Updated Apr 4, 2020