The Symptoms of an Asthma Attack

Recognizing and understanding the symptoms of asthma attack is very important, whether you have asthma yourself or not. Not only can you save your own life, but you may be able to save the life of someone who is having an asthma attack near you.

Wheezing and coughing is an easy symptom to identify, but there are other symptoms that are a little harder to recognize. Typically, as the asthma attack is starting the victim will begin to feel anxious or panicky.

This is one of the symptoms that is harder to identify if you aren’t the victim because it can sometimes be hard to tell when a stranger is distressed when we aren’t expecting it. If you suspect a victim is having an asthma attack you should try to see if they have a sweaty, pale face. Not only is this one of the symptoms, but it is also a sign of distress.

Another one of the symptoms of asthma attack is an itchy chin. This symptom is a lot less frequent in asthma victims, so don’t depend on recognizing this symptom, just be cautious and aware of it.

If you have a history of asthma attacks and you start to have an itchy chin try to identify other symptoms (which you can find in this article) as fast as possible so that you can seek help before you break out into a full-on asthma attack.

Now onto the more common symptoms of asthma attack. These are symptoms that the victim will have to recognize themselves as they would be extremely difficult for an onlooker to identify. These symptoms include coughing that won’t stop, very rapid breathing, pain and/or pressure in the chest, tightened muscles in the neck and chest (called retractions), having difficulties talking, and blue lips or fingernails (caused by the lack of oxygen).

These are the symptoms of asthma attack. If you see someone having an asthma attack try to find their inhaler and call for help as fast as possible so paramedics can get on the scene. Even if paramedics happen to not be needed, it is better to be safe then sorry. If you are the victim, seek help from someone nearby immediately and get your inhaler to try and prevent the asthma attack.