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 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 Medical Exercise after menopause keeps women's minds in shape Medical Male circumcision lowers HIV risk for women Medical Probiotics may ease your high blood pressure News Inmate takes two hours to die in another botched execution Columnists If the Oscar trial were a movie ... Medical Shah Rukh Khan battles knee pain From our sponsors A number of good reasons why saving the tooth is a better option Breakfast like a King Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Cancer is a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many. Live healthier Yoga » Exercise time? Yoga mats matter Yoga and sleep What yoga can do for you Yoga is a stress-buster, but it also helps with anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain and other ills. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.