This year the Asthma Society of Ireland carried out a survey to find exactly how much the public know about asthma and asthma attacks. The results were quite worrying! In response we created the three videos below:
After last year's World Asthma Day it was noted that there were an increasing number of calls to our free asthma adviceline asking about the symptoms of an asthma attack and how an asthma attack is dealth with.
So to find out exactly how much people really knew about asthma, this year the Asthma Society of Ireland carried out a survey to find exactly how much was known about asthma and asthma attacks. The results were quite worrying!
To combat this lack of knowledge, we've created 3 videos to help people to know the symptoms of an asthma attack, and know what to do in the event of one. Have a look at them below.
What to do in an Asthma Attack - Adult Version
What to do in an Asthma Attack - Children Under 6 Version
Save a Life: Know the Symptoms of an Asthma Attack
Common symptoms of an asthma attack:
Difficulty finishing sentences
Lips turning blue
Asthma Attack 5 Step Rule:
This is an emergency - act now.
1. Stay calm. Sit up straight - do not lie down.
2. Take slow steady breaths.
3. Take one puff of your reliever inhaler (usually blue) every minute.
Use a spacer if available.
- People over 6 years can take up to 10 puffs in 10 minutes.
- Children under 6 can take up to 6 puffs in 10 minutes.
4. Call 112 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 if someone is having an asthma attack:
- Do not leave them on their own.
- Extra puffs of reliever inhaler (usually blue) are safe.