Acute Asthma Attack
How to know when someone is having an acute asthma attack
- Chest tightness/pain
- Wheezing – a musical- like sound on breathing • Shortness of breath
- Difficulty talking or walking
- Bluish discoloration of the lips
- A previous history or known asthmatic patient
What to do?
- Have the person sit upright and remove tight clothing
- Use the person’s inhaler or one from a first aid box, if available.
How to use the inhaler correctly
- Remove the cap and shake the inhaler
- Tilt your head back and breathe out
- While holding the inhaler upright, place it in your mouth
- Start to breathe in slowly, then press the top of the inhaler to release the medicine.
- Remove the inhaler and hold breathe for about 10 seconds before breathing out.
- Give a total of four puffs, waiting for 1 minute between each puff.
- Wait for about 5 minutes before repeating another set of puffs.
- If symptoms get worse despite using the inhaler, go to the hospital immediately.