What happens in an asthma attack?
In an asthma attack the muscles around your airways can become swollen and inflamed with increased mucus production resulting in one or more of the following symptoms: difficulty breathing, difficulty speaking, experiencing a wheeze, blue colour to the lips and feeling distressed.
Managing an asthma attack
- Immediately take 1 puff of your asthma inhaler, repeating 1 puff, if required, every 30-60 seconds, up to a maximum of 10 puffs
- Try to remain calm and sit upright (this allows you to breathe easier)
- If you feel worse, or do not feel any better after 10 puffs call an ambulance (this ensures medical help is on its way)
- If the ambulance takes longer than 15 minutes to arrive then repeat step 1.
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