Asthma Attack Warning Signs
What Is an Asthma Attack?
An asthma attack is the result of the sudden narrowing of the muscles around your airways that causes inflammation and a buildup of excess mucus that makes breathing difficult. By understanding your own triggers and recognizing the early warning signs, you’ll be better prepared if one occurs.
Learn to look out for early and emergency warning signs of a severe asthma attack.
Early warning signs may include:
Emergency warning signs of a severe asthma attack may include:
If you show signs or symptoms of a severe asthma attack, you should seek medical help right away.
Be Prepared With an Asthma Action Plan
One of the best ways to monitor your symptoms and be prepared should an asthma attack occur is with an Asthma Action Plan. It’s a personalized, step-by-step document you create with your doctor that will help you understand how to best treat your asthma symptoms before they get worse. Depending on your current symptoms, your asthma will fit into one of three zones:
Your symptoms are mild or virtually nonexistent. This is where you should be on a daily basis. Continue to take your long-term control medicine as prescribed.
You may have worsening asthma symptoms or have to use your quick-relief medicine more often. You should be aware of your surroundings, take all medicines as directed, and tell your doctor about your symptoms.
This may be an emergency situation where symptoms are significant. You should seek medical help right away.