How do I know if my asthma is getting worse?

It is important to recognise when your asthma is getting worse so that you can take the necessary steps to avoid an asthma attack. To make sure you act fast, keep an eye out for the following signs:

  • Wheezing or coughing in the morning
  • Wheezing after exercise
  • Feeling you can’t keep up with your normal level of activity
  • Waking at night due to asthma symptoms such as chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing
  • Needing to take reliever medication more often than normal (or more than twice a week)
  • Symptoms aren’t improving when you take your reliever medication

Any of these signs suggest that your asthma is not controlled. You should see your doctor or asthma nurse immediately to get your asthma back under control.


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