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Signs and Symptoms

Asthma symptoms are different for each person. Not all people with asthma wheeze. Coughing may be the only symptom. Asthma frequently begins with mild symptoms. It is important to recognize and treat even these mild symptoms so they do not get worse.

Signs and symptoms of asthma include the following:

  • Persistent cough or change in breathing
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing with exercise or at rest
  • Cough during the night
  • Complaints like "my chest hurts" or "my chest feels tight"
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Lower peak flow numbers
  • Tired
  • Using Quick Relief Medication
  • Headache
  • Being cranky or fussy

If you have any of these symptoms on a regular basis, you should meet with your doctor.

EMERGENCY CARE IS NEEDED IF:

  • Walking or talking becomes difficult.
  • Sinking area around your neck or ribs with each breath.
  • Hunching over is the only way you can breathe.
  • Lips or fingernails turn gray or blue.
  • Wheezing, coughing or shortness of breath that does not improve, or gets worse, even after your medicine has had time to work. Most inhaled reliever medicines help you breathe easier within 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Peak flow monitoring is 50% less than your personal best.
  • Call your local emergency services right away: 9-1-1
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