During an asthma attack, the airways swell and narrow. This makes it hard to breathe. Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening, but you can help prevent them by keeping your asthma under control and treating symptoms before they get bad. Symptoms include being short of breath, chest tightness, coughing, and wheezing. Noting and treating these symptoms can also help you avoid future trips to the emergency room.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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