Do You Know What an Asthma Attack Looks Like?

Asthma Attack Infographic

 

This information has been reviewed and approved by Ann Mullen, RN (April 2017).

 

Summary: Do You Know What an Asthma Attack Looks Like?

  • Heavy Chest
  • Dry Cough
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath

 

What Triggers an Asthma Attack?

Trigger:

  • Smoke
  • Air Pollution
  • Strong Smells


How to Manage:

  • No smoking at home or in vehicles.
  • Avoid aerosol sprays.


Trigger:

  • Pollen


How to Manage:

  • Keep windows and doors closed during pollen season.
  • Limit time outside.
  • Shower or wash off pollen.


Trigger:

  • Dust Mites


How to Manage:

  • Use dust-proof mattress and pillow cases.
  • Wash bedding weekly.


Trigger:

  • Molds


How to Manage:

  • Keep indoor humidity below 50%.


Trigger:

  • Pet Dander


How to Manage:

  • Don’t let pets sleep in your bedroom.
  • Vacuum weekly.


Trigger:

  • Exercise


How to Manage:

  • Pretreat before activity.


Trigger:

  • Obesity


How to Manage:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.


Trigger:

  • Infections


How to Manage:

  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Get the flu vaccine.


Trigger:

  • Emotions


How to Manage:

  • Manage stress.


Trigger:

  • Reflux


How to Manage:

  • Manage symptoms.

 

What Happens During an Asthma Attack?

During an asthma attack, the lung's airways become swollen, irritated, and filled with mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe.

 

Asthma by the Numbers

  • 1 in 10 children have asthma.

  • 1 in 12 adults have asthma.

  • Asthma is a leading cause of missed work and school days.

  • 57% of children with asthma have asthma attacks.

 

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