2nd October 2019

medscape
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Can asthma last for weeks?

Asthma Exacerbations Can Last a Week or Longer. Of these, 1321 patients reported that they had experienced episodes of worsening of their asthma symptoms — including wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, and shortness of breath — in the previous 12 months, and that these episodes lasted for an average of 6.5 days.

How do you know if you are having an asthma attack?

Seek medical attention right away if you have signs or symptoms of a serious asthma attack, which include:
  1. Severe breathlessness or wheezing, especially at night or in the early morning.
  2. The inability to speak more than short phrases due to shortness of breath.
  3. Having to strain your chest muscles to breathe.

Is wheezing serious?

Wheeze without breathing difficulty or other serious symptoms. It is common to have a mild wheeze during a cough, cold, or similar viral infection of the respiratory tract. In this situation it is best to see a doctor at some point if the symptoms do not soon clear.
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