When you have asthma, it's critical to be aware of the signs of breathing problems. You can quickly decide on medications and other treatments with its help.

Follow your asthma action plan to know how to prevent an asthma attack or make it less severe.

Mild difficulty breathing

If you are having some mild breathing issues:

  • Your breathing is slightly faster than normal.
  • Your skin color is normal.

You might need to take medication if you have slight breathing problems.

Moderate difficulty breathing

If you experience symptoms of moderate breathing problems, contact a doctor right once:

  • You obviously breathe faster than normal.
  • When you're speaking or eating, you get tired easily. While eating, you could require a moment to catch your breath.
  • You breathe more easily by using your abdominal muscles. When you breathe in, you could notice your tummy expanding rather than contracting.
  • Your skin—especially on your face, hands, and feet—is pale to slightly gray, or lacy purple and pale (mottled). But your tongue, gums, and lips remain pink.

Severe difficulty breathing

Call 911 right away if you have symptoms of severe difficulty breathing:

  • You breathe quickly. Talking is challenging since breathing is so difficult. Typically, a child grunts after each breath.
  • Breathing requires the utilisation of your abdomen, chest, and neck muscles. With each breath, the skin between your ribs contracts. Additionally, when you breathe in, you might widen your nostrils.
  • You experience anxiety and find it difficult to eat because of this.
  • You exhale more slowly than normal, and occasionally your inhalation is high-pitched.
  • You sit up, lean forward, or sit with your nose tilted up as if sniffing the air.
  • Your skin continues to be mottled, gray, bluish, or pale. The tongue, lips, earlobes, and nail beds may all exhibit this.