Asthma symptoms may not be the same in adults and children.
Common ones are:
- A tight chest
- Shortness of breath
- Problems breathing
- Feeling tired
- Problems feeding in infants
- Problems sleeping
- Having a hard time exercising or doing sports
Warning Signs That an Attack Is Going to Happen
There are warning signs that can happen before an attack. Knowing them can help prevent attacks or make them less severe.
- Increased shortness of breath and wheezing
- Chest tightness or pain
- An increased need to use bronchodilators
- A whistling or wheezing sound when breathing out
- Frequent coughing
- Waking up coughing at night
- Shortness of breath while still or exercising
- Feelings of tightness in the chest
- Problems sleeping
- Trouble feeding
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD Last Updated: 8/25/2020