Would you know what to do if someone has an asthma attack?

There are approximately 5.4 million people receiving treatment for asthma in the UK which means that it is fairly widespread in the population and considered to be a common condition.  Health professionals have received some criticism for potentially over-diagnosing asthma but recent press has served as a solemn reminder that an attack can be fatal for both adults and children. 

Asthma UK has appealed to the NHS to invest in more services, after research has shown that the average UK asthma death rate was almost 50% higher than the average across the EU. 

It is highly possible that you might be with someone when an attack happens or you might have a particularly bad episode yourself,  so a little understanding and knowing when to seek help could really make a difference. 

Asthma UK state that you are having an asthma attack if any of the following happens:

  ~  Your reliever is not helping or lasting over four hours
  ~  Your symptoms are getting worse (cough, breathlessness, wheeze or tight chest)
  ~  You’re too breathless or it is difficult to speak, eat or sleep
  ~  Your breathing is getting faster and it feels like you can’t get your breath in properlyAsthma infographic

Click here for more information and to read more about what to do if your symptoms improve or if you are admitted to hospital.  

References:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jan/04/millions-uk-asthma-sufferers-not-receiving-basic-levels-care-asthma-uk-report

https://news.sky.com/story/asthma-death-rate-in-uk-among-worst-in-europe-charity-warns-11354594

https://www.asthma.org.uk/about/media/news/asthma-deaths-2017/

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/apr/18/asthma-over-diagnosed-still-matter-life-death

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/asthma-attacks/