How to: manage an asthma attack
May 2nd marks World Asthma Day. In honour of this important occasion, we bring you the 5 Step Rule to managing an asthma attack, as well as some common symptoms. Informing yourself and sharing this information with those you know and love who suffer from asthma could save a life.
Symptoms of an asthma attack
- Difficulty finishing sentences
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Lips turning blue
or any combination of these.
5 Step Rule: How to manage an asthma attack
- Sit up and stay calm – do not lie down
- Take slow steady breaths
- Take 1 puff of reliever inhaler (usually blue) every minute
- People aged 6+ - up to 10 puffs in 10 mins
- Children under 6 – up to 6 puffs in 10 mins
- Call 112 or 999 if your symptoms do not improve after 10 minutes or if you are worried at any point
- Repeat step 3 if an ambulance has not arrived in 10 minutes
If someone else has an asthma attack:
- Do not leave them on their own
- Use a spacer if available
- Make sure they see a health professional afterwards
Call the Asthma Society of Ireland’s Asthma Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64 to make an appointment with an asthma nurse. Ask your friendly StayWell Pharmacist for advice on asthma.
*Information adapted from the Asthma Society of Ireland