To maintain good control of your asthma symptoms take your inhalers as prescribed and as advised by the doctor or asthma nurse.
You may be experiencing poor asthma control if:
- You have difficulty sleeping due to asthma symptoms
- You have asthma symptoms during the day
- Your asthma has interfered with your usual activities (school/work/housework etc)
- You are needing to take more reliever (blue inhaler) than normal
Asthma symptoms include:
If you are having increased symptoms or taking more reliever make an appointment for asthma clinic or with a doctor.
You are having an asthma attack if:
- You are not helped at all by your blue inhaler
- Your symptoms are becoming worse – even after taking inhalers
- You are too breathless to speak – CALL 999 for ambulance
WHAT TO DO IF YOU EXPERIENCE ASTHMA ATTACK
- Take your rescue inhaler (usually blue) as directed
- Sit down and try to take slow steady breaths
- If you do not start to feel better continue to take 2 puffs of your reliever (Blue inhaler – Ventolin/Bricanyl) every2 minutes. Take up to 10 puffs.
- If there is no improvement or you are worried CALL 999 for an ambulance
- If the ambulance does not arrive within 15 minutes repeat step 3 while you wait.
For further information consult www.asthmaUK.org.uk