What should you do during an asthma attack?

During  an asthma attack, you should  immediately follow the 5 Step Rule:

Don't hesitate to call 999 or 112 if you're worried at any stage.

1. Stay calm. Sit up straight- do not lie down.

2. Take slow, steady breath.

3. Take 1 puff of your reliever inhaler (usually blue) every minute.

  • People over 6 years can take up to 10 puffs in 10 minutes
  • Children under 6 years can take up to 6 puffs in 10 minutes.

4. Call 12 or 999 if your symptoms do not improve after 10 minutes.

5. Repeat Step 3 if an ambulance has not arrived in 10 minutes.

Remember, during an asthma attack:

  • Do not the person on their own.
  • Extra puffs of reliever inhaler (usually blue) are safe.
  • it is perfectly safe to use someone else's reliever inhaler if you're not carrying your own

Everyone with asthma should carry their reliever inhaler at all times.



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