How can I tell if someone is having an asthma attack?

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  • AAmerican Red Cross answered
    A person having an asthma attack makes a hoarse whistling or wheezing sound while exhaling. This occurs because air becomes trapped in the lungs. Other signals include trouble breathing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and coughing after exercise. 
  • The signs of an asthma attack are important to know if you or someone you know has asthma, as it is important to identify them early to prevent complications. It's important to know if the person in question has a diagnosis of asthma. Once that is established, you would look for sudden worsening of the symptoms associated with asthma. These include wheezing, rapid breathing, increased cough, chest tightness, or, in severe cases, confusion and altered mental status.
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