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What are signs of an asthma attack?

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When symptoms flare, it might be hard for you to do normal, everyday things. You may have:

Use your rescue inhaler. Try to stay calm.

  • Short, shallow, fast breaths
  • A whistling sound when you breathe, especially out
  • A cough that won't go away
  • Squeezed feeling in your chest

SOURCES: UptoDate Patient Information: "Trigger avoidance in asthma" and "Pathogenesis and management of status asthmaticus in adults." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: asthma triggers and management" and "Allergic Conditions: Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA)." Merck Manual Home Edition: "Asthma."


Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

SOURCES: UptoDate Patient Information: "Trigger avoidance in asthma" and "Pathogenesis and management of status asthmaticus in adults." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: asthma triggers and management" and "Allergic Conditions: Exercise-Induced Asthma (EIA)." Merck Manual Home Edition: "Asthma."


Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 23, 2019

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