Warning Signs Of An Acute Asthma Attack

Shortness Of Breath

One of the hallmark symptoms of an acute asthma attack is shortness of breath. If individuals notice they're struggling with shortness of breath, they should follow the steps they and their doctor have gone over for treatment. If their symptoms don't improve when they use whatever medications and treatment methods have been prescribed, they might need to get emergency treatment. Severe breathlessness is a sign an asthma attack is severe, particularly when it occurs in the early morning or at night. Many patients describe shortness of breath as being a tightening sensation in the chest, difficulty inhaling, hunger for air, and the feeling of being suffocated. Certain triggers may increase an individual's chances of an asthma attack that impairs their breathing. These include pollutants, chemicals in the air, allergens, and extremely dry conditions. It's normal to feel some shortness of breath after strenuous exercise, but prolonged or ongoing issues with breathing after exercise can be a sign of an asthma attack. Asthma is often triggered by exercise, so patients should talk to their doctor about how to exercise safely.

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