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when to go to A&E

last night, i took my reliever 6 times in 1 hour, did not feel any better so went to hospital.

My lips looked blue, my face was pale and sweaty, unable to take normal breaths, shaking because of the amount of ventolin i had taken, constant horrible cough that i could not catch my breath back.

when i saw the doctor, it was 45 mins after i had arrived, i had managed to control my breathing to try to stop coughing.

The doctor pretty much said i was wasting his time.and sent me on my way.

This morning, when i got to work i could not breathe. I had walked up the stairs and could not get any air in.

i could not even get enough air to take my inhaler

My co-workers were worried and said i looked horehounds while trying to call an ambulance but I would not let them as i didnt want to waste their time again.

eventually it calmed down enough to take my ventolin.

my chest is still tight and wheezy but if i breathe through my nose i dont choke or wheeze as much.

Surely if there was a problem, they would have helped me last night?


When should I go to a&e?

when should i call an ambulance?

how do i know if it is bad enough?

if i go to a&e and start to feel better while i am waiting, what should I do?

Thank you

2 Replies


That's a tough one and AUK have some really good advice on what to do in an attack and when it's time to get help, you can find it here:

That said, all asthmatics *should* have an action plan which states how much they can do before they seek help. Also if there's any point before doing what it says on that link you are worried, then that's the time to seek help. Asthma is fatal and kills 3 people in the uk every day, so no doctor should ever make you feel silly. Though they do at times!

I really hope that things improve soon and welcome to the forum :)

Laura x


I have been taught if I am asking should I go to a and e - then I should be on my way.

Just like if I am questioning should I increase medicines - then I should be.

My consultant says he prefers to see patients that are well rather than a dead patient.

Better to be cautious and go!


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