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Signs of an asthma attack

Asthma attack - signs; Reactive airway disease - asthma attack; Bronchial asthma - attack

Symptoms

If you do not know whether or not you have asthma, these 4 symptoms could be signs that you do:

Other Warning Signs

Other early warning signs of an asthma attack are:

Danger Signs

Call 911 or your local emergency number right away if you have any of the following symptoms. These may be signs of a serious medical emergency.

If your child has asthma, the child's caregivers must know to call 911 in case your child has any of these symptoms. This includes teachers, babysitters, and others who take care of your child.

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References

Bergstrom J, Kurth SM, Bruhl E, et al. Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement website. Health Care Guideline: Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. 11th ed. www.icsi.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Asthma.pdf. Updated December 2016. Accessed January 11, 2020.

Viswanathan RK, Busse WW. Management of asthma in adolescents and adults. In: Burks AW, Holgate ST, O'Hehir RE, et al, eds. Middleton's Allergy Principles and Practice. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 52.

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