Life StoryJune/July 2009 Issue

Catching Your Breath During an Asthma Attack

Asthma occurs when airways are narrowed, inflamed and/or filled with mucus. Symptoms include:

¡ Coughing, especially at night
¡ Wheezing
¡ Shortness of breath
¡ Chest tightness, pain or pressure

Not all symptoms necessarily occur at once. Symptoms can change over the course of an episode and can vary from one episode to another.