Asthma Attack Symptoms and Warning Signs
You may go for weeks or months without having a flare. But suddenly, your chest feels tight. You're
coughing and wheezing a bit.
During an attack, the muscles in your airway tighten. Their lining gets swollen. They make more and thicker
mucus. All of this makes it hard to breathe. Early Warning Signs
Just before or at the very start of an attack, you may notice changes that can tip you off.
Follow the steps in your
asthma action plan. You may be able to stop the episode or keep it from getting bad. During an Attack
When symptoms flare, it might be hard for you to do normal, everyday things. You may have:
Short, shallow, fast breaths A whistling sound when you breathe, especially out A cough that won't go away Squeezed feeling in your chest
Use your rescue
inhaler. Try to stay calm. When It Gets Worse
Symptoms can become severe. You're not getting better if you also:
Feel panic Wheeze when you breathe both in and out Can't stop coughing Have trouble talking or walking Get tight neck and chest muscles Have a pale, sweaty face
Follow the "Red Zone" or emergency instructions in your asthma action plan. Call 911 or get to the hospital. You need medical attention right away.
After an Asthma Attack
You'll probably feel
tired and worn out. For the next few days, you're more likely to have another flare, too. Pay attention for warning signs. Take care of yourself. Follow your asthma action plan closely. Make sure you take your medications. Use your peak flow meter. Avoid your triggers.