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Byline: DR MIRIAM STOPPARD Helping to keep you fit and healthy

Sometimes, no matter how careful you are taking medicine and avoiding triggers, you may have an asthma attack. Quite often, a couple of puffs of a reliever are all that is needed to get your asthma under control again. At other times, symptoms are more severe and more urgent action is needed. Don't be afraid of causing a fuss, even at night.

Take two puffs of your reliever straight away and preferably using a spacer.

Keep calm and try to relax as much as your breathing will let you. Sit down, don't lie down. Rest your hands on your knees to help support yourself. Try to slow your breathing down as this will make you less exhausted.

Wait 5-10 minutes.

If the symptoms disappear, you should be able to go back to whatever you were doing.

If the reliever has no effect, call for the doctor or an ambulance.

Keep taking your reliever inhaler; use it every few minutes until the ambulance arrives.

Take your steroid tablets or use your steroid inhaler, if your doctor has written them into your selfmanagement plan.
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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion, Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 16, 2014
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