Asthma

Asthma attack explained

Most people find that asthma attacks are the result of gradual worsening of symptoms over a few days. So if your asthma symptoms are getting worse, do not ignore them.

 

How do you know if you are having an asthma attack?

  • You are too breathless to speak, eat or sleep
  • The symptoms are getting worse
  • Your reliever does not help

It is important to seek medical advice quickly if you are unable to control the symptoms of an attack.

 

Recommended steps to take during asthma attack:

  • Take your reliever inhaler immediately
  • Sit down and ensure that any tight clothing is loosened. Do not lie down
  • Continue to take one puff of your reliever inhaler every minute for five minutes or until symptoms improve
  • If your symptoms do not improve in five minutes, or you are in doubt, call 999 or a doctor urgently
  • Continue to take one puff of your reliever inhaler every minute until help arrives