Asthma Symptoms: Are You Wheezing, Coughing, or Raspy Breathing?
We have all turned on the TV and watched the scenes of a character portrayed with classic asthmatic wheezing. It is called a "device" in the movie biz that is not nearly the truth for most asthmatics. Because of this dramatized device, wheezing has become one of the most overplayed signs of asthma so that most of us actually expect all asthma victims to have that tell tale wheeze when they breathe. These sounds, dubbed into movies and TV shows, like the wheeze and the raspy throat, have actually become scary to non-asthma sufferers. It is the worst side effect of the disease that is quite dramatic and used for that purpose. Because this device has become a standard in film and TV, the general public has come to believe that all asthmatics can be identified by these sounds.
Hollywood fiction is certainly not the whole truth of this disease. Actually, it is far from the truth for the majority of asthma sufferers. In fact, approximately 42% of all asthmatics do not wheeze or make raspy sounds at all, especially when under the care of a physician. The majority, nearly 60%, have a nagging cough when suffering an episode. Wheezing actually occurs only in the most extreme cases which is why movie makers use that device when depicting asthmatics to over-dramatize the scene.Â But, such depictions create a false picture and may cause some borderline asthmatics to ignore real symptoms.