Home > Medical > Asthma > Health tips Updated 20 June 2013 What to do in an asthma emergency Asthma can be life threatening. Watching somebody gasping for breath is a terrifying experience and being well prepared is the best defence. 0 Pin It Shutterstock Test Is your asthma under control? » Like Health24 on Facebook » Subscribe Asthma Newsletter » Join Body Talk » Celebrities with asthma World's Most Famous TB Patients Asthma can be life threatening. Watching somebody gasping for breath is a terrifying experience and being well prepared is the best defence.Take action:Rush to your closest hospital if: the asthmatic's symptoms get worse even after taking extra medication; the person is having a hard time breathing (or his/her peak flow has dropped below 50%); the patient is struggling to walk or talk; his/her lips and fingernails have turned blue-grey. Taking action in an asthma emergency Visit our Asthma Centre More in Medical Does your child have asthma? More: AsthmaHealth tips advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle Drug-resistant bacteria cause stubborn infections Lifestyle Your 'bacteria types' are as individual as you are Medical Belgian doctors transplant windpipes Mental health Football players' brains take a beating Parenting Researchers discover how sperm and eggs 'hook up' Medical Free samples may lead to expensive prescriptions From our sponsors Momentum Health OatWell Dual Cross Is being overweight or obese dangerous? Tips to keep your immunity strong this winter Smile your way to better health Live healthier Strenghten your immunity » Keep your immunity strong Immune system boosters Boost your family's immunity 5 immune boosters in your kitchen You don’t need a handful of vitamins and supplements to keep your body healthy, check out these five immune boosting foods you probably already have in your kitchen. Laugh a little » Eat yourself happy Laugh more and live longer Laughing yoga the best medicine The healing power of laughter A good chuckle doesn't only make you feel happy for a moment, it's beneficial to your health too.