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 Cholesterol drugs may assist post-operative recovery Medical Smoking linked to risk, progression of macular degeneration Medical Rheumatic heart disease: the forgotten killer News Early intensive treatment may boost Ebola survival News Work stress may raise heart attack and stroke risk News Heterosexual men prefer 'nice' women From our sponsors Occlusal disease - a modern day dental problem The importance of choosing the best life insurance for you Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Breakfast like a King Live healthier 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. 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.