African Americans are three times more likely to die from asthma-related causes than the White population, which is why it’s so important to recognize, and know how to respond to, asthma attacks and asthma emergencies.
Some asthma symptoms may develop days before tests show any decreases in lung function, but sometimes, asthma symptoms develop suddenly.
The most common symptoms of asthma or an attack include:
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• Coughing, especially at night or during exercise
• Wheezing or losing your breath easily
• Tightness in the chest
• Runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, and other typical allergy or cold symptoms
• Fatigue and weakness, especially during exercise
• Trouble sleeping
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What should you do if you have any of these asthma attack signs?