Just as different people have different warning signs of an asthma attack, an attack may feel different to each person. Nonetheless, many people with asthma report that when they have an attack,
- Initially, breathing may become more difficult and slightly faster than usual. It may also become very difficult and either very fast or very slow.
- Initially, you may be able to breathe well enough to talk in complete sentences, but gradually, you may be able to speak only a few words at a time without pausing to take a break.
- You may begin to wheeze, cough, or feel tightness in your chest. Then, you may have severe wheezing, coughing, or chest tightness.
- Your pulse may become very rapid.
- You may start to perspire.
- Your lips and fingers may start turning a bluish color
Check below any things that you know warn you of an attack coming on:
How To Manage an Asthma Attack
This is where your written asthma action plan comes in. It should tell you the following:
- Early signs to watch for that mean your asthma is starting to get worse (like a drop in your peak flow number or an increase in symptoms)
- How to adjust your medicines in response to these changes in your symptoms and peak flow measurements
- The peak flow levels and symptoms that show you need to seek emergency treatment
Turn to your asthma action plan as soon as you begin to have symptoms and follow it carefully. It can save your life.
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2009