The nurse is caring for a patient with asthma. While assessing the patient, the nurse would expect to note which physical symptoms?


• Due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors, the airway becomes inflamed and constricted. This leads to wheezing, chest tightness, and dyspnea.

• Cough associated with asthma is usually nonproductive.

• Patients with asthma are more likely to have psychological disorders, and anxiety may exacerbate an asthma attack, but this is a psychological assessment finding, not a physical finding.

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