Pre­ventable

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE DID YOU -

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.

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