Thursday, March 11, 2010

Signs of an asthma attack

Ideally asthma would stay under control with good preventative care. However, sometimes patients can experience worsening of symptoms. This is called an asthma exacerbation or "asthma attack."

Asthma attacks can come on suddenly or gradually. If you detect worsening symptoms, follow the action plan. If the symptoms continue to get worse then you should call your health care provider and you may need to be seen in the emergency department.

Symptoms of an asthma attack include cough, shortness of breath, breathing fast, sucking in of the chest muscles with each breath (retractions), severe wheezing, blue tinge to the lips and fingers, changes in mental status (your child may not be responsive to you) or severe anxiety.

If you or your child experience these symptoms you need to call 911.

I think that's it for asthma! Let me know if you have any questions.

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