Asthma Facts

Asthma is an incurable lung disease that could affect anyone as young as 6 years old. When asthma symptoms become worse than usual, it is called an asthma attack.

What To Do During An Asthma Emergency ?

If you, a friend, or a family member have an asthma attack, follow these emergency steps. Please discuss with your treating physician on your asthma action plan.

Step 1

Sit upright and take slow, steady, deep breaths. Remain calm and do not panic.

Step 2

Take one puff of your reliever inhaler (commonly blue) every 30 to 60 seconds, up to 10 puffs (use a spacer if available or possible).

Step 3

If you feel worse at any point OR you don’t feel better after 10 puffs go to the nearest hospital/clinic or call 999 for an ambulance.

Step 4

Repeat step 2 after 10 to 15 minutes while you are on the way to clinic/hospital or waiting for an ambulance.

*Reliever inhaler mentioned refers to Short-Acting Beta2-Agonists (SABA).

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Reliever* Reliance Test

This is a self-test designed to help you and your doctor, nurse or pharmacist to understand what you think about your reliever* inhaler for asthma and whether you might be relying on it too much. This is not medical advice.

DO NOT stop or change your medication without consulting your treating physician.

*Reliever inhaler mentioned refers to Short-Acting Beta2-Agonists (SABA).


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My reliever* inhaler is the only asthma treatment I need.


The benefits of using my reliever* inhaler easily outweigh any harm.


I rely on my reliever* inhaler more than my Steroid Preventer Inhaler

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