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What should you do in an asthma emergency?

If you, or someone near you is having difficulty breathing, this may be an asthma emergency. Call an Ambulance on 000. Commence Asthma First Aid and continue until emergency services arrive.

Athsma Australia report that 1 in 10 Australian people have asthma, across all ages. Any person with asthma can have a flare-up of asthma symptoms at any time. Having good control of your asthma means this is less likely to happen, but it can still happen. An asthma flare-up is a worsening of asthma symptoms. A sudden or severe flare-up is often called an asthma attack.

How do I know if I’m having an asthma flare-up or attack?

You are having an asthma flare-up or attack if your asthma symptoms are getting worse and they do not go away when you use your blue/grey reliever or they return within minutes to hours. An asthma flare-up or attack may develop very rapidly over a few minutes, or it may take a few hours or even days to happen. An asthma flare-up or attack may be mild, moderate, severe or life threatening.

> Learn more about the signs of an asthma flareup click here

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