An asthma attack -- or an asthma exacerbation -- can be very frightening. You may cough, have difficulty breathing, or feel a shortness of breath. As you breathe out, you may hear a wheezing or whistling sound which may go away if your airway becomes more constricted. Asthma attacks may result in people feeling fatigued and disoriented, and may even be life-threatening. If you see someone having an asthma attack and their skin begins to turn blue, you need to get them to the emergency room immediately. This is a sign that their oxygen supply is seriously depleted. With proper treatment, however, asthma is a reversible and manageable condition.
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