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How does a person feel during an asthma attack?

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

This would obviously be related the the individual patient's perceptions.
But generally speaking, one feels short of breath, is working harder to get a full breath, often feels very anxious, is scared and depending on the severity of the attack and were the treatment is going, the patient might be sleepy, lethargic or worse as the attack proceeds if the meds are not working.

In brief: Depends

This would obviously be related the the individual patient's perceptions.
But generally speaking, one feels short of breath, is working harder to get a full breath, often feels very anxious, is scared and depending on the severity of the attack and were the treatment is going, the patient might be sleepy, lethargic or worse as the attack proceeds if the meds are not working.
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics

In brief: Asthma

A person during an asthma attack shows severe difficulty of breathing, continuous cough, labored breathing, audible wheezing and pale skin.
S/he gasps for air and looks very anxious.

In brief: Asthma

A person during an asthma attack shows severe difficulty of breathing, continuous cough, labored breathing, audible wheezing and pale skin.
S/he gasps for air and looks very anxious.
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1 comment
Dr. Arthur Atlas
In children, an asthma exacerbation can present in many different ways. Some children do not appear sick or in distress, but cough or have wheezes on clinical exam. Some or in significant respiratory distress. Some just complain on the inability "to fill there lungs" or "can't take a deep breath".