Early Warning Signs

Asthma Early Warning Signs

Asthma episodes rarely occur without warning. Most people with asthma have physical signs that occur hours before symptoms appear. Warning signs are not the same for everyone. You may have different signs at different times. By knowing your warning signs and acting on them, you may be able to avoid a serious episode of asthma.

To find your early warning signs, think back to your last asthma episode. Did you have any of the signs below before your episode started? Read the warning signs below and check the ones you’ve experienced.

  • Drop in peak flow reading
  • Dry hacking cough
  • Tired
  • Itchy, watery or glassy eyes
  • Itchy, scratchy or sore throat
  • Itchy chin
  • Sneezing or runny nose
  • Fast breathing
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Restless
  • Pale, clammy skin
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Feeling out of sorts, nervous, grumpy
  • Chest feeling heavy or tight
  • Weakness