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Symptoms, by Mayo Clinic Staff, asthma symptoms vary from person to person. You may have infrequent asthma attacks, have symptoms only at certain times such as when exercising or have symptoms all the time.
Asthma signs and symptoms include: Shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain. Trouble sleeping caused by shortness allergy of breath, coughing or wheezing. A whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling (wheezing is a common sign of asthma in children).
Coughing or wheezing attacks that are worsened by a respiratory virus, such as a cold or the flu. Signs that your asthma is probably worsening include: Asthma signs and symptoms that are more frequent and bothersome. Increasing difficulty breathing (measurable with a peak flow meter, a device used to check how well your lungs are working).
The need to use a quick-relief inhaler more often.
For some people, asthma signs and symptoms flare up in certain situations: Exercise-induced asthma, which may be worse when the air is cold and dry.
Occupational asthma, triggered by workplace irritants such as chemical fumes, gases or dust. Allergy-induced asthma, triggered by airborne substances, such as pollen, mold spores, cockroach waste or particles of skin and dried saliva shed by pets (pet dander). When to see a doctor, seek emergency treatment, severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening.
Work with your doctor to determine what to do when your signs and symptoms worsen and when you need emergency treatment. Signs of an asthma emergency include: Rapid worsening of shortness of breath or wheezing.
No improvement even after using a quick-relief inhaler, such as albuterol.