Tuesday 6 December 2016

Getting the better of asthma

Published 10/05/2016 | 02:30

There are 470,000 asthma sufferers in Ireland.
There are 470,000 asthma sufferers in Ireland.

One in three would not know how to respond to an asthma attack, a recent poll has revealed.

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But it's worth bearing in mind it is much like a heart attack and is a medical emergency.

The general advice is:

Sit up straight. Don't lie down. Try to keep calm.

Take one puff of the reliever inhaler (usually blue) every 30-60 seconds, up to a maximum of 10 puffs.

If you feel worse at any point while you're using your inhaler or you don't feel better after 10 puffs, or you're worried at any time, call 999 for an ambulance.

If the ambulance is taking longer than 15 minutes, you can repeat step two.

An estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma with 470,000 sufferers of the conditon in Ireland.

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