Asthma symptoms can be quite frightening. The exact cause of most asthma is not known by doctors.

Most researchers believe that it is a combination of factors such as family genes and exposure to allergens in certain environments. In addition, many believe that a weakened immune system makes one much more susceptible to asthma symptoms.

Asthma is an inflammatory condition that can create difficulty breathing, raspy wheezing, and fits of coughing. Asthma symptoms can last for several hours extending up to several days. Fever may accompany the attack and breathing usually becomes rapid and labored. The feeling of suffocation can create a sense of panic – particularly in children, who have no idea what is happening to them. It is vital that parents recognize the symptoms of this disease so that they can intervene if their child feels to be struggling. Be aware that children may become whiny, irritable and crying when they become frightened by the symptoms. Parents must be on the alert for signs and symptoms so they can take quick action if warranted. Beside rapid breathing and often a flushing of the face, the wheezing can often be heard by putting an ear against the chest of the struggling adult or child.

When some people think of asthma, they picture the elderly. In reality, asthma makes breathing difficult for over 20 million Americans, both young, old, and every age in between.

The main treatment for asthma symptoms is steroids and other various anti-inflammatory drugs, but even with the help of the miracles of modern science one can become a victim to an asthma attack. Some people supplement with natural anti-inflammatory substances, such as Vitamin C and other antioxidants. Even so, though, anyone fighting asthma symptoms needs to be aware of asthma triggers and do their best to avoid as many as possible. Rest from the constant slew of allergens and triggers is necessary to allow the body time to heal and get stronger.