worried about my (possible) asthma symptoms-wheeze when I exhale
I'm 41 years old and in good health. As long as I can remember, even as a child, I've had issues with wheezing and coughing, particularly after a cold, virus or exposure to some allergen. I'm almost positive I was diagnosed with asthma as a child(but I can't remember for sure.) I also have had bad allergies and mild excema my whole life. Lately, I've noticed that when I exhale really hard, I get this little wheeze right at the end of the exhale, no problems at all when I inhale. I've had it now for a few weeks, and I'm becoming really concerned. Is this a common problem or symptom of asthma? I've also had ongoing sinus problems my whole life (I have a deviated septum) and that's been really bad lately too, and I'm not sure if that's aggravating this wheezing or not. My biggest concern is that this is lung cancer-I have myself convinced this is something really bad going on. I grew up in a house with a smoking parent, so I've been exposed to lots of secondhand smoke. I was also a former dental assistant, and I was exposed to god knows how many chemicals over the years. I've been researching how having asthma greatly increases your risk of lung cancer, as well as second hand smoke and chemical exposure, so you could see why I'm so scared here. I am finally going to make an appointment with a pulmonary specialist ASAP to finally see if this is truly asthma, or something else. In the meantime, if anyone else can help answer some of my questions, I would be really grateful. I have a small daughter and a husband with a lot of health problems right now, and I need to be healthy for them. I am just so scared a chest x-ray is going to show something really bad!! Sorry to sound whiny-hope someone responds!!