WHAT TO DO IN AN ASTHMA ATTACK
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are about taking your asthma medicines and avoiding your triggers, you may find that you have an asthma attack.
The following guidelines are suitable for both children and adults and are the recommended steps to follow in an asthma attack:
You are having an asthma attack if any of the following happen:
Do not be afraid of causing a fuss, even at night. If you are admitted to hospital or an accident and emergency department because of your asthma, take details of your medicines with you.
After an emergency asthma attack:
Most people find that asthma attacks are the result of gradual worsening of symptoms over a few days.
If your asthma symptoms are getting worse do not ignore them! If symptoms continue to get worse make an urgent appointment to see your doctor or asthma nurse. Quite often, using your reliever is all that is needed to relieve your asthma symptoms when you start to have an asthma attack. At other times, symptoms are more severe and more urgent action is needed.
Remember - if your symptoms do not improve in five minutes – or you are in doubt – call 000 or a doctor urgently.