Early warning signs

An important part of learning to manage your asthma is taking early action when you feel asthma symptoms. Your body gives you signals before an asthma attack. You may notice these early warning signs the day before or sometimes just hours prior to an asthma flare. Early warning signs include physical as well as emotional feelings.

For Peak Flow Meter users: Even when you are not experiencing symptoms, changes in peak flow rate can alert you to changes in your breathing that you may not otherwise notice. Use your Peak Flow Meter as a tool to help you watch for physical or emotional changes that may warn you before an attack.

Early warning feelings may include:

  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Drowsiness
  • Weakness

bigstock-Mother-And-Child-1213814Physical early warning signs may include:

  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Clammy skin
  • Physical fatigue and inability to exercise
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy, dry, scratchy throat
  • Dry mouth
  • Itchy chest
  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Hoarseness

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