What Are the Symptoms of Asthma?
Asthma symptoms include episodes of:
- Tightness or pressure in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing (a high-pitched whistling sound that usually occurs when exhaling)
- Coughing, especially at night
Early warning signs of the onset of an asthma attack include:
- Frequent cough, especially at night
- Sudden or sustained increase use of your rescue inhaler
- Feeling winded or short of breath with minimal activity
- Breathing quickly or with a slow exhale through pursed lips.
- A decrease in lung function, as measured by a spirometer or peak flow meter
Call Your Doctor About Asthma If:
- You or another person is experiencing an asthma attack for the first time; asthma can quickly become serious if not treated promptly and properly.
- Your rescue inhaler (usually albuterol) does not work to relieve symptoms within 20 minutes
- You or the person with asthma cannot talk in complete sentences. Other things to look for: flaring nostrils; fast breathing; the skin between the ribs is sucked in with each breath; the lips or the skin under the nails appear grayish or bluish. These are all signs of extreme oxygen deprivation. Get immediate emergency treatment.