During an asthma flare-up or attack, the airways in the lungs become irritated and swollen, making breathing more difficult. While some flare-ups are mild, others can be life threatening, so it's important to deal with them right away.
Signs of an asthma flare-up include:
Signs of a severe asthma flare-up may include:
If your child is having an asthma flare-up, be sure to follow his or her specific asthma treatment guidelines. Many doctors provide a detailed asthma action plan for their patients. Because each child's experience with asthma is different, each action plan will be too.
Help prevent flare-ups by taking these steps:
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014
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