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
Most of us associate a cough with a cold or bronchitis, but it can also signal asthma. “Your cough becomes worse after you laugh or lie down—and it comes from the chest, not the throat,” says Dr. Lockey. In one type of asthma, known as cough-variant asthma, the only symptom is a chronic cough. The best treatment for people with cough-variant asthma tends to be prescription medication, as over-the-counter varieties aren’t strong enough to offer relief. If these home remedies for coughs don’t get you better, have a doctor check it out, and try eating these 12 foods that may help you breathe better.