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What is the chance that blue skin is caused by asthma exacerbation in children? what are the usual symptoms?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Unlikely: If an asthma attack is very severe it can lead to respiratory failure where, the oxygen level can decrease and lead to cyanosis (bluish color of the lip and around the mouth). This is a very late sign in an asthma attack and an emergency. The usual signs of asthma in children is relentless cough, wheezing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park commented
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Shortness of breathing and wheezing are usual symptoms of asthma exacerbation. Coughing is not a common manifestation, especially in children.
Sep 30, 2013
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Provided original answer
Annals of Allergy,Asthma and Immunology 2003 study showed that 75% of children with chronic cough had cough variant asthma and, that classic asthma developed in 54% of the children with cough-variant asthma. There are many reasons for cough in ped population, important to not forget about asthma.
Sep 30, 2013

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