What are the signs and symptoms of asthma?
The signs and symptoms of asthma include:
- Frequent cough
- Difficulty breathing with exercise
- Coughing during the night
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Frequent respiratory illnesses or pneumonia
If you have any of these symptoms on a regular basis, you should see your healthcare provider.
Late signs of an asthma episode require immediate emergency care. These include:
- Difficulty breathing while walking or talking
- A change in skin, fingernail or lip color to gray or blue
- Inward movement of the muscles in the neck, chest or ribs or flaring of the nostrils
- Failure of medications to reverse or control worsening symptoms
- Declining peak flow meter readings in spite of medication use (A peak flow meter measures how fast a child can blow air out of his or her lungs.)