Asthma at­tack

Prima (UK) - - Best Of Health -

A po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing asthma at­tack oc­curs ev­ery 10 sec­onds in the UK. The air­ways of asthma suf­fer­ers are sen­si­tive to trig­gers, send­ing them into spasm, lead­ing to cough­ing, wheez­ing, tight­ness of the chest and dif­fi­culty breath­ing. Dur­ing an at­tack, the lin­ing of the air­ways swells, which can cause a se­cond bout of wheez­ing six to eight hours later. If some­one has an at­tack, sit them down and en­sure they take slow breaths and re­main calm. Help them take one puff of their re­liever in­haler (usu­ally blue) ev­ery 30-60 sec­onds, up to 10 puffs. If they don’t im­prove, or they de­te­ri­o­rate, call an am­bu­lance. If paramedics don’t ar­rive within 15 min­utes, try in­haler again.

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