Asthma Emergency

Updated: Jan 8, 2019

RECOGNISE signs of an asthma flare-up or attack

Asthma is a serious respiratory condition that causes difficulty breathing and can cause death. Recognise your asthma triggers and manage the condition with medication, relievers and preventers (puffers), exercise and other therapies.

An asthma flare-up is a worsening of asthma symptoms and lung function compared to what you would usually experience day to day.  An asthma flare-up can come on slowly (over hours, days or even weeks) or very quickly (over minutes). A sudden or severe asthma flare-up is sometimes called an asthma attack.

If you are experiencing any of these signs, start asthma first aid. Do not wait until asthma is severe.




In children:

  • Signs of worsening asthma can be difficult to recognise

  • Asthma can worsen quickly over short period of time

  • They may complain of sore tummy or chest and be more restless

  • DO NOT DELAY in starting asthma first aid 

How to respond

If you are experiencing a severe or life-threatening asthma attack, call an ambulance - Dial Triple Zero (000) and then start asthma first aid.

If you are experiencing a mild to moderate asthma attack, start asthma first aid.



All the information is from Asthma Australia , for more information visit the site www.asthmaaustralia.org.au


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