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Asthma Attack

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How Do I Recognize the Early Signs of an Asthma Attack? continued...

In general, these early asthma attack symptoms are not severe enough to stop you from going about your daily activities. But by recognizing these signs, you can stop an asthma attack or prevent one from getting worse.

Early warning signs of an asthma attack include:

  • Frequent cough, especially at night
  • Reduced peak flow meter readings
  • Losing your breath easily or shortness of breath
  • Feeling very tired or weak when exercising
  • Wheezing or coughing during or after exercise (exercise-induced asthma)
  • Feeling tired, easily upset, grouchy, or moody
  • Decreases or changes in lung function as measured on a peak flow meter
  • Signs of a cold or allergies (sneezing, runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, and headache)
  • Trouble sleeping with nighttime asthma

The severity of an asthma attack can escalate rapidly, so it's important to treat these symptoms immediately once you recognize them.

What Do I Do If I Have An Asthma Attack?

If you or a loved one is experiencing an asthma attack and the symptoms do not quickly improve after following the asthma action plan, follow the "red zone" or emergency instructions and contact your doctor or call 911 right away. Immediate medical attention is necessary.

 

 

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on July 10, 2012
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