Asthma Symptoms

What does an asthma attack feel like?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Think about what happens if you turn on a spigot and there's a sharp bend in the hose, what happens? The water can't get out of the hose, and stays bottled up at the point of obstruction. It's the same thing that happens when you have decreased airflow through your ventilation-you hear a whistling sound and the whistle intensifies when the airflow has trouble making it through the ventilation. That's asthma.

    In patients with asthma, the trouble isn't with getting air into the lungs; it's with getting air out, and it feels like a vice is squeezing the bronchus. Once the bend in the hose is straightened, then the water is released easily. Likewise, during an asthma attack, once the obstruction is cleared-most often, through medication-air is released and you can breathe smoothly.
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