Being able to recognise the signs and symptoms of an asthma attack onset is crucial to preventing an asthma emergency. Although asthma is a very treatable and manageable condition, in some cases it can be fatal without proper attention. If you or someone you know has asthma, having a solid understanding of the signs and symptoms may help you stop a dangerous situation from developing.
In 1989, asthma caused 964 deaths in Australia. Due to a number of asthma awareness groups and a wide range of educational initiatives, this number fell to 378 in 2011. In order to keep this number on the decline people need to take the appropriate preventative measures and learn the warning signs of an asthma attack onset.
During an asthma attack the airways become constricted by tightened muscles and the inside lining of the airways becomes swollen and produces thick, sticky mucus. The most common and obvious signs of an asthma attack include:
If you or someone else is having a severe asthma attack you should call 000 immediately. Symptoms of a severe asthma attack include:
By reading this article you have taken the first step in preparing yourself and becoming aware of asthma attack symptoms. Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. If you have asthma you should talk with your doctor to establish what your particular symptoms are. This will allow you to know when you are about to have an attack so that you can act quickly.
To manage your asthma effectively you can also create a written asthma action plan. This will allow you to control your asthma so that you have fewer attacks, fewer sick days and less hospital visits. If your partner or loved one has asthma you should familiarise yourself with this plan so that you can identify when they might be having an asthma attack onset and how to respond.
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