You’re in your forties
The peak years for the onset of asthma in adulthood are between 45 and 50, says Richard F. Lockey, MD, director of the Division of Allergy & Immunology at University of South Florida College of Medicine. Most at risk of developing symptoms of asthma are those who have allergies, or those who suffered from the disorder as kids but thought they “outgrew” it. Many asthma symptoms start after an infection. “You get a cold and suddenly you have asthma,” Dr. Lockey says.
You have a cough that doesn’t go away
“It’s easy to think that coughing means you have a cold or bronchitis—but if that cough keeps coming back, it may be a sign of asthma,” says the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI). Dr. Lockey notes, “Your cough becomes worse after you laugh or lie down. And it comes from the chest, not the throat.” In one type of asthma, known as cough-variant asthma, the only symptom is a chronic cough. “People with this kind of asthma generally don’t get relief from over-the-counter cough medicine; successful treatment requires prescription asthma medication, often in the form of inhalers,” the ACAAI notes. See if these home remedies for coughs can help relieve your asthma symptoms, and try eating these 12 foods that may help you breathe better.