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 Bestmed - offering you quality healthcare and freedom of choice Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare Medihelp - quality, affordable medical scheme cover 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 Snail fever to decline due to climate change Mental health Laughter can be dangerous to some people Mental health Treating autism with intestinal worms Medical Eczema sufferers may react to skin lotions Medical Irregular heartbeat linked to depression Lifestyle Energy drinks and alcohol a bad combination From our sponsors Sense of community key to a meaningful and fulfilling retirement Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Live healthier Depression » Depression Depression and ageing Teen depression Depression: do you know the signs? One of the key roles you can play in the health of someone who is depressed or suffers from anxiety is to make sure they get the help they need. Here's what you need to know. Healthy dog » Dog weightloss Dog behaviour Overweight dogs Food not to feed your dog Feeding you dog 'human food' may be detrimental to its health.