Due to the subject matter of some recent postings, I thought it would be handy/useful to post up AUK's own advice on asthma attacks/symptoms.
Obviously if you have your own asthma attack action plan you should follow your own plan, but there are quite a few people who don't have plans who may find the advice useful.
You are having an asthma attack if any of the following happen:
* Your reliever does not help symptoms
* Your symptoms are getting worse (cough, breathlessness, wheeze or tight chest)
* You are too breathless to speak, eat or sleep
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.
The following guidelines are suitable for both children and adults and are the recommended steps to follow in an asthma attack:
1. Take your reliever inhaler (usually blue), immediately
2. Sit down and ensure that any tight clothing is loosened. Do not lie down
3. If no immediate improvement during an attack, continue to take one puff of your reliever inhaler every minute for five minutes or until symptoms improve
4. If your symptoms do not improve in five minutes â€“ or you are in doubt â€“ call 999 or a doctor urgently
5. Continue to take one puff of your reliever inhaler every minute until help arrives.