Losing your breath easily (exercise-induced bronchospasm)
A decrease in lung function, as measured by a spirometer or peak flow meter
Call Your Doctor About Asthma If:
You or another person is experiencing an asthma attack for the first time. Asthma can quickly become serious if not treated promptly and properly.
Your rescue inhaler (usually albuterol) does not work to relieve symptoms within 20 minutes.
You or the person with asthma cannot talk in complete sentences. Other things to look for: flaring nostrils; the skin between the ribs is sucked in with each breath; the lips or the skin under the nails appear grayish or bluish. These are all signs of extreme oxygen deprivation. Get immediate emergency treatment.
SOURCES: National Asthma Education and Prevention Program. Expert Panel Report: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, 2002. National Institutes of Health publication number 02-5074, June, 2003. Brostoff J.; Gamlin L.; Asthma: The Complete Guide to Integrative Therapies. Healing Arts Press,1999. Plaut T.; Jones, T.; "Dr. Tom Plaut's Asthma Guide for People of All Ages." Pedipress, Inc.; 1999. The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA).