Difficulty breathing or an obstructed airway needs the attention of medical personnel. Asthma, choking, and respiratory stress due to injury, need to be closely monitored in the event that emergency care is needed. Defined below are the differences and care options for this health concern.

Signs and Symptoms of an Asthma Attack

  • Hoarse whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling
  • Trouble breathing/shortness of breath
  • Rapid shallow breathing
  • Sweating
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Inability to talk without stopping for a breath
  • Feeling of fear or confusion

When to Call 9-1-1

  • If breathing trouble does not improve in a few minutes after using medication
  • If no medication is available and breathing does not improve
  • If victim is unresponsive

How to Care for Sports-Induced Asthma

  • Help them calm down and breathe slowly
  • Have them sit comfortably
  • Loosen tight clothing and sports equipment
  • Assist with prescribed medication if requested

Athlete's should not return to regular activity unless cleared by a physician.

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