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The symptoms of asthma may vary in different people and from one time to another. Symptoms also vary in their frequency. In some people, symptoms occur every few months, while others show symptoms every other week or even every day. Asthma symptoms can last for a few minutes to several days.
Common symptoms of asthma include the following:
During a severe asthma attack, the airways could become very narrow and enough oxygen cannot get into the blood and in turn to the vital organs causing a medical emergency. Such severe asthma attacks can be fatal and need immediate medical help.
Key symptoms of emergency asthma include the following:
Other major symptoms that may occur during an emergency asthma attack are abnormal breathing pattern, temporary pauses in breathing, and chest pain.
Some people find the signs and symptoms of asthma flare up in certain stressful situations:
Severe and sudden asthma attacks can be fatal. Hence people with asthma should be in touch with their doctor and get advice on what to do in case signs and symptoms of asthma worsen and when to go to the emergency room.
Points to keep in mind are as follows:
It is easy to confuse symptoms of asthma with other conditions such as a cold or bronchitis. In the case of a persistent cough, wheezing or shortness of breath, especially at night, it will be good to seek the advice of a health care provider. It is also helpful to monitor the symptoms by noting them down for a few days before seeing a doctor. Also note down the time of the day or night that symptoms occur and the place and activity at the time. This log of symptoms will help the doctor in finalizing the diagnosis and prescribing the right treatment.