Ways to Help Prevent Asthma Symptoms
- Take your daily-prescribed preventive asthma medicine, even when you feel fine.
- Always keep your rescue medicine inhaler with you.
- Know your asthma triggers and how to avoid them.
- Make an asthma action plan with your health care provider.
Acute Asthma Attacks
Sometimes asthma symptoms can become very severe and lead to an acute asthma attack.
Severe asthma symptoms and warning signs to monitor:
- Easily winded
- Tightness in chest
- Increased coughing
- Breathing more quickly than usual
- Using rescue inhaler more often
- Waking up at night with symptoms
- Unable to do standard activities
- Follow your asthma action plan from your health care provider.
- Use your rescue inhaler as directed by your provider.
- Stay calm and try to breathe slowly and deeply.
- Tell someone if you notice increased difficulty while breathing.
If you have been to the emergency room or admitted to the hospital for asthma symptoms twice in the last year, it is recommended you visit an asthma specialist. For more information or to set up an appointment St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, call (813) 870-1995. For an appointment St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital at Mease Countryside, call (727) 725-6298.