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 SPONSORED: We want your Facebook like Join our Facebook community and help us reach 100 000 likes fast! 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 Fungus deadly to Aids patients grows on trees Medical Ebola outbreak will not be contained this year – WHO News SA's largest health care convention to take place on Monday Mental health Autistic kids have extra brain connections Medical Low birth weight may increase diabetes risk News 'Mercy killings' in Switzerland double in four years From our sponsors Keep your pet's teeth in tip top condition Cape Town's legendary Blisters for Bread walk 2014. Occlusal disease - a modern day dental problem Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Winter Wellness » Boost winter health Happy feet in winter Don’t become a winter blimp Tips to stay fit and healthy in winter When it's cold it's easy to pick up the coughs and sniffles, and it's even easier to indulge in comfort foods. Don't ! Vitamin wise » Vitamins for HIV What to eat for vitamin B? Cut down on vitamins Get your vitamins right Find out which vitamin to use for which condition. Ask our Vitamin expert.