Asthma Signs/Symptoms

Asthma episodes rarely occur without warning.

It is important to recognize the signs of an asthma episode early and begin to take action as soon as possible. Noticing the warning signs and taking appropriate actions can keep an asthma episode from becoming worse.

Warning signs are not the same for everyone, but some common signs are listed below.



Signs/Symptoms of Asthma

  • No Symptoms Present.

Continue following the Asthma Action Plan which is based on individual needs and updated annually with the family, child or adolescent, and medical provider.

  • Coughing (especially at night and early in the morning)
  • Drop in peak flow / yellow zone
  • Wheezing, Rattle in chest
  • Watery eyes
  • Sleepiness
  • Vomiting after coughing
  • Itchy, runny nose, sore throat
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Tightness or pain in the chest
  • Peak flow in red zone
  • Wheezing heard out loud
  • Activity level down
  • Difficulty completing routine activities
  • Fast breathing
  • Sinking of the skin between ribs or front of the neck
  • Flaring nostrils
  • Changes in skin color, lips or fingernails


No Warning Signs (Controlled)
Early Warning Signs (Caution)
Late Warning Signs (EMERGENCY)