An asthma attack (flare-up, attack, episode, or exacerbation) is when asthma symptoms like wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath become more severe, more frequent, or both. During an asthma attack, most people have difficulty breathing or have rapid breathing even when sitting still, and they may be unable to speak more than a few words at a time without pausing or have retractions (sucking in of muscles while inhaling) in the neck and chest.
- First Aid: Asthma Flare-Ups
- Asthma Basics
- Asthma Diary
- Asthma Action Plan
- Asthma More Likely to Improve Over Time for Boys Than Girls
- Asthma and Teens
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