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What are signs of worsening asthma?

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Signs of worsening asthma include:

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.

  • Feeling panicky
  • Wheezing when you breathe both in and out
  • Inability to stop coughing
  • Having trouble talking or walking
  • Getting a tight neck and chest muscles
  • Having a pale, sweaty face

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 William Blahd on May 10, 2017

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 William Blahd on May 10, 2017

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