Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes inflammation in the airways and difficulty breathing. Roughly 1 in 12 people suffer from asthma, and it is the third top cause of hospitalizations amongst children.

Wheezing, chronic coughs, shortness of breath and more are normal signs of asthma. Many people don’t realize that there are hidden signs of asthma to be aware of. Less than half of people are aware that trouble sleeping and chest pain are signs of asthma in adults.

One in 20 adults is diagnosed with asthma each year. You do not need all the symptoms or even the typical symptoms to have asthma. Many adults do not get checked because they do not realize that something as normal as lack of sleep can be caused by something as treatable as asthma.

Results from a recent survey show that out of 1,000 adults (18 years and older), 89% new that shortness of breath is a sign of asthma, and 85% new that wheezing is another sign (WebMD). Only 65% knew that a chronic cough was a sign of asthma, and only half knew that difficulty sleeping and chest pain were signs related to asthma.

Asthma is a serious condition that people should be aware of, especially if diagnosed with it. The first step is to get tested and the next important thing to do is create an action plan with your physician. Being prepared for asthma is important, including taking any daily medication prescribed, as well as always carrying your rescue inhaler. There are many things that can flare up asthma, so it’s important to always be prepared. You do not need to suffer from asthma!