Some asthma symptoms may develop days before breathing tests show a significant decrease in lung function. Yet in some situations, the symptoms develop suddenly. The most common symptoms of asthma or an attack include:
What should you do if you have any of these asthma warning signs? Ideally, you and your doctor should have already worked out an asthma action plan. This is a simple set of steps to follow when you have asthma symptoms. Your asthma action plan may include measuring your breathing capacity with a device called a spirometer and taking a dose of quick relief inhaler medication. Your doctor may also want you to change the dose of your daily maintenance therapy to help control your asthma.
The goals of asthma therapy are:
To prevent your child from having chronic and troublesome symptoms
To maintain your child's lung function as close to normal as possible
To allow your child to maintain normal physical activity levels (including exercise)
To prevent recurrent asthma attacks and to reduce the need for emergency department visits or hospitalizations
To provide medications to your child that give the best results with the fewest side effects
Medications that are available...
Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency. Keep in mind that anaphylaxis often develops quickly after exposure to the allergen -- possibly within minutes. If you know you’re at risk for anaphylaxis, your doctor should have prescribed a medicine for emergencies. Always carry the medicine with you.