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How To Treat An Asthma Attack | What To Do During An Asthma Attack | Inhaler Treatment At Home

Updated: Apr 14

How To Treat An Asthma Attack | What To Do During An Asthma Attack | Inhaler Treatment At Home | Emergency Asthma Attack Treatment

The sad news is that asthma attacks kill three people in the UK each day. Every 10 seconds someone has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.

But many of these deaths could be avoided. Asthma attacks can be frightening, learning this useful knowledge about what to do during an asthma attack could potentially help save a life.

If you think you're having an asthma attack, you should:

• Sit down and try to take slow, steady breaths. Try to remain calm, as panicking will make things worse.

• Take one puff of your reliever inhaler (usually blue salbutamol inhaler) every 30-60 seconds, up to a maximum of 10 puffs. It's best to use your spacer if you have one.

• Call 999 (or emergency services number for your country) for an ambulance if you don't have your inhaler with you, you feel worse despite using your inhaler, you don't feel better after taking 10 puffs, or you're worried at any point.

• If the ambulance hasn't arrived within 15 minutes, repeat step 2.

For more information on what to do during an asthma attack visit:

Asthma helpline numbers:

NHS 111 - Dial 111

Asthma UK - Speak to an asthma nurse specialist Dial 0300 222 5800

After an asthma attack:

You should see your GP or asthma nurse within 48 hours of leaving hospital, or within 24 hours if you didn't need hospital treatment.

One in six people treated in hospital for an asthma attack need hospital care again within two weeks, so it's important to discuss how you can reduce your risk of future attacks.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about any changes that may need to be made to manage your condition safely.

Ask your GP, asthma nurse or pharmacist to show you how to use all your inhalers correctly. Although study results vary, estimates of inhaler errors include up to 90% of patients using pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDIs) and up to 54% of patients using dry powder inhalers. Inadequate inhaler technique lowers drug deposition to the lungs, wastes medication and may lead to poor disease control and increased emergency hospital admissions.

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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.




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