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Control Your Asthma

Control Your Asthma

Summertime can be a great opportunity to get outside and be active. However, if you or your child has asthma, you may have some concerns. An asthma attack can be a frightening experience, especially for a child. Always make sure you or your child has their rescue inhaler at all times. If necessary, give one to their school, camp, or babysitter. Make sure you know how to use it appropriately and that there is someone to assist your child if they need help. Avoiding an asthma attack is always ideal, but it is important to know what to look for and what to do if one does occur.

 

Symptoms of an Asthma Attack:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Coughing and wheezing

 

Common Causes of Asthma Attacks:

  • Pollen, pets, mold, dust, and other allergens
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Exercising or being active more than usual

 

What to do if you have an Asthma Attack:

  • Sit down and try to catch your breath
  • Use your fast acting rescue inhaler
    • A fast acting rescue inhaler contains albuterol, brand names include: ProAir, Proventil, Ventolin
    • If you are unsure of which inhaler is your rescue inhaler, ask your health care practitioner or pharmacist
  • If symptoms are severe, for example if you are having difficulty speaking, then you should seek medical attention either from your doctor or an urgent care center.
  • If you feel your asthma symptoms are not well controlled or that you are using your rescue inhaler more than two times a week, then talk to your health care practitioner about ways to get your asthma under control.  

For more information, please visit: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma-attack/manage/ptc-20257901