Asthma Emergency

Recognise signs of an asthma flare up or attack

How to administer first aid

Adult First Aid Asthma Chart

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a long-term lung condition. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers, causing a 'flare-up'. In a flare-up, the muscles around the airways are squeezed tight, the airways swell and become narrow with more mucus. These things make it hard to breathe.

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.

One in nine people in Australia has asthma. It affects people of all ages. Some people get asthma when they are young; others when they are older.

Asthma cannot be cured, but for most people it can be well controlled by following a dialy management plan.

Asthma Symptoms - Asthma Australia

What is Asthma? - Short video by Asthma Australia


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