In the UK, three people die from asthma every day and every 10 seconds someone suffers from a potentially life-threatening attack, according to a new report.
The Royal College of Physicians said that "doctors, patients and their families failed to recognise life-threatening danger signs of asthma".
The NHS has outlined a list of asthma symptoms, which can range from mild to severe, and has outlined the signs of an asthma attack.
How to spot the signs of asthma:
- Feeling breathless
- Feeling like a band is tightening around your chest
- Making a whistling sound when you breathe
- Coughing, particularly in the night and early morning
- Attacks triggered by exercise
- Attacks triggered by allergens
People may experience one or more of these symptoms. If the signs are worse during the night or exercise, the NHS encourages sufferers to contact a GP or asthma nurse.
Asthma attacks can take six to 48 hours to become serious and for some people the common symptoms can get worse quickly.
Signs of an asthma attack:
- You feel more wheezy, tight-chested and breathless
- The reliever inhale does not help as much as usual
- There is a drop in your peak expiratory flow
Signs of a severe asthma attack:
- Reliever inhale does not help symptoms at all
- The wheezing, coughing and tight chest are severe and constant
- Too breathless to speak
- Your pulse is racing
- You feel agitated or restless
- Your lips or fingernails look blue
The below video by BUPA shows what happens when a person gets asthma and how it can be prevented: