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What are the early warning signs of an asthma attack?

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They include:

Asthma attacks can get worse quickly, so treat these symptoms ASAP.

  • Frequent cough, especially at night
  • Reduced peak flow meter readings
  • Losing your breath easily or shortness of breath
  • Feeling very tired or weak when exercising
  • Wheezing or coughing during or after exercise (exercise-induced asthma)
  • Feeling tired, easily upset, grouchy, or moody
  • Decreases or changes in lung function as measured on a peak flow meter
  • Signs of a cold or allergies (sneezing, runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, sore throat, and headache)
  • Trouble sleeping with nighttime asthma

From: Asthma Attack WebMD Medical Reference

Sources:  American Lung Association: "An Asthma Attack."  National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What are the Signs and Symptoms of Asthma?"

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2018

Sources:  American Lung Association: "An Asthma Attack."  National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What are the Signs and Symptoms of Asthma?"

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 22, 2018

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