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What is an asthma attack?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Exacerbation...

An asthma "attack" is an acute exacerbation of asthma caused by bronchospasm and inflammation of the airways.
These exacerbations are recurrent but patients are often completely normal between attacks. Symptoms during the episode include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath. Patients may have low oxygen levels during the attack. Patients with these symptoms need immediate eval.

In brief: Exacerbation...

An asthma "attack" is an acute exacerbation of asthma caused by bronchospasm and inflammation of the airways.
These exacerbations are recurrent but patients are often completely normal between attacks. Symptoms during the episode include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath. Patients may have low oxygen levels during the attack. Patients with these symptoms need immediate eval.
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Dr. Manav Singla
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Call 911 if severe!

Any time your child has asthma symptoms, it is an attack.
Some attacks end quickly. Others are serious. An attack is bad if: the child has trouble breathing, walking or talking, lips or fingernails turn blue or gray, or these symptoms get worse even after taking medication. If these things happen, call 911!

In brief: Call 911 if severe!

Any time your child has asthma symptoms, it is an attack.
Some attacks end quickly. Others are serious. An attack is bad if: the child has trouble breathing, walking or talking, lips or fingernails turn blue or gray, or these symptoms get worse even after taking medication. If these things happen, call 911!
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