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Acute Asthma Attack

Acute Asthma Attack

How to know when someone is having an acute asthma attack

Symptoms include

  • Coughing
  • 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.

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