ONLY 7pc of asthmatics know all the symptoms of an asthma attack, according to the Asthma Society of Ireland.
One person dies a week in Ireland as a result of their asthma — but 90pc of these deaths are preventable.
Symptoms of an asthma attack include wheezing, continuous coughing, chest tightness, shallow breathing, lips turning blue and difficulty finishing sentences.
If you do suffer from an asthma attack, follow the guidelines below: ›Stay calm. Sit up straight — do not lie down. ›Take slow steady breaths. ›Take one puff of your reliever inhaler (usually blue) every minute. ›Use a spacer if available. ›People over six years can take up to 10 puffs in 10 minutes. ›Children under six can take up to six puffs in 10 minutes. › Call 112 or 999 if your symptoms do not improve after 10 minutes. ›Repeat step three if an ambulance has not arrived in 10 minutes. ›If someone is having an asthma attack do not leave them on their own and extra puffs of reliever inhaler (usually blue) are safe.