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Symptoms Of An Asthma Attack

First Med Urgent Care: Asthma attacks

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America about fifteen million Americans have Asthma. Treatment usually works well to ease and prevent symptoms and it is usually treated with daily inhalers. Sometimes a person can even develop Asthma, later in life, without even realizing it. Asthma is an inflammation and obstruction of the passages that allow air to enter and leave the lungs (bronchial tubes). During an Asthma attack, the muscles that border the bronchial tubes tighten, narrowing the air passages and making it extremely difficult to breathe.

If you have a minor Asthma attack that you do not know how to control, you may consider visiting our urgent care facility. We want to keep you informed of the symptoms of an Asthma attack, because being aware of the symptoms is crucial to preventing an even greater Asthma emergency. Some Asthma attack symptoms include:

1.) Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or very rapid breathing
2.) Severe wheezing when breathing both in and out
3.) Coughing that won’t stop
4.) Chest pressure or pain
5.) Tightened neck and chest muscles, called retractions
6.) Difficulty talking and performing normal daily activities
7.) Feelings of anxiety or panic
8.) Pale, sweaty face
9.) Blue lips or fingernails
10.) Worsening symptoms despite use of your medications

Keep in mind that not every Asthma patient will get all of these symptoms and having these symptoms alone does not necessarily mean that you have Asthma. Furthermore, many Asthma patients may not have any symptoms at all until they are having an attack. If you feel that you have developed any of these symptoms, it may good a idea to get checked out at the urgent care facility. Even if it turns out that you aren’t asthmatic, it is better to be safe than sorry.