The Anatomy Of An Asthma Attack

Man using inhaler in hospital bed( — Wheezing? Short of breath? These common asthma symptoms can develop into a full-blown asthma attack if you don’t take the right steps early on. Knowing the early signs of an asthma attack will help you make the right decisions about your care.

Am I Having an Asthma Attack?

An asthma attack usually begins when common asthma symptoms suddenly take a turn for the worse. These symptoms can include:

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • A feeling of tightness in your chest
  • Fatigue
  • Coughing at night or early morning

If these symptoms then become severe or more frequent, you may be having an asthma attack. Asthma attacks can be dangerous. If an attack reaches the point where you are unable to breathe while walking or talking, you should go to an emergency room for treatment.

An asthma attack feels like you’re trying to breathe underwater. If you have never been diagnosed with asthma, but think you may have this condition or think you have experienced an asthma attack in the past, you should talk to your doctor. You will need to get an accurate diagnosis and then develop an asthma action plan so that you know what to do in the future.

If you have asthma symptoms more than two days a week, or are awakening from asthma more than two nights a month and are not on any medication, they should be.