Asthma Attack

Friday, September 23, 2011

Asthma is not curable, but understanding what happens during an attack can help make the disease less scary. Dr. Edward Hill discusses asthma attacks in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

An asthma attack, or flare-up, is when your asthma symptoms suddenly get worse.

During an asthma attack, you may have any of the following:

Shortness of breath, trouble breathing or fast breathing

Trouble doing normal activities

Trouble talking

Fingers or lips turning blue or gray

A peak flow rate less than 80 percent of your personal best and

Tightness in your chest

If you have an asthma attack, stay calm and use your inhaler. If you can, check your peak flow to see how bad the attack is. If you have a nebulizer, use this instead of an inhaler.

Call 911 or go to the emergency department if:

Your inhaler is not helping

Your breathing is getting worse

Your peak flow gets worse after a treatment, or is less than 50 percent of your personal best or

You feel drowsy

Make sure your asthma is under control by having regular checkups with your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.