What are the symptoms?
Each person’s symptoms are different, but everyone must pay attention to the early warning signs to recognize that an episode may be developing. These signs may include breathing changes or coughing, feeling tired, having less energy for exercise and having lower peak flow meter numbers. A peak flow meter is an easy-to-use plastic device that measures how well air moves out of your lungs.
Common signs and symptoms include:
- Wheezing (although it may be absent)
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Increased breathing rate
Severe symptoms require immediate attention and can be a life-threatening emergency. Signs of severe symptoms include:
- Severe cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness and/or wheezing
- Difficulty speaking in full sentences
- Hard and fast breathing
- Nasal flaring
- Chest and neck muscles pulling in when breathing
- Lips or fingernails turning gray or blue