April 24, 2024

Why Does My Chin Itch When I Have Asthma?

	Bearded man scratching his chin

Asthma is a complex condition that can cause a wide variety of symptoms. One that may be surprising is an itchy chin before or during asthma attacks. Not every asthma patient experiences it, but many do — especially children.

This article explains the relationship between asthma attacks and itching of the chin and neck.

Understanding Asthma Itch

Some people experience an itchy chin or neck, which can signal the onset of an asthma attack. The symptom seems to be more common in children, but anyone can experience it.

Doctors call itching, which precedes the onset of a medical episode, a prodromal itch. The sensation in people with asthma can range from a mild tickle on the chin or neck to an intense itch that causes patients to scratch the area to relieve it.

It isn’t precisely known what causes an itchy chin before an asthma attack. There’s speculation that it has to do with exposure to allergens, but research continues.

How to Manage Asthma Itch

The cause of an itchy chin before an asthma attack is unclear. However, if you experience it, you should consider taking specific actions. One is to move to a different location in case allergens are causing the itch. Another is to be prepared for the onset of an asthma attack.

Your asthma doctor likely has provided advice for managing your asthma attacks. Typically, the recommendations include sitting up straight to help open your airways, using an asthma inhaler if you have one, and closely monitoring your symptoms. If an asthma attack doesn’t resolve or worsens after you take those steps, you may need to seek emergency medical attention by calling 911 or going to a hospital emergency room.

Other Surprising Asthma Symptoms

If you or your child is newly diagnosed with asthma, you may find yourself experiencing symptoms beyond the shortness of breath, wheezing, and chest tightness. In addition to an itchy chin or neck, you may notice any of the following symptoms before or during an attack:

  • Yawning
  • Throat clearing
  • Thirst
  • Anxiousness
  • Hoarseness

If these conditions tend to precede an asthma attack for you, they’re signs you should be prepared to take action.

Talk with Your Baptist Health Doctor About Asthma and Chin or Neck Itching

Asthma attacks can be frightening and have serious consequences. Fortunately, your doctor can prescribe effective treatments for attacks and advise you on lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of experiencing them. If you or a loved one has uncontrolled asthma or if your condition worsens, you should talk with your doctor.

Regarding asthma and chin itching, your doctor may have recommendations for managing that symptom.

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