Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and the airways that deliver air to the lungs. An asthma attack occurs when the airways become inflamed in response to a trigger, such as dust, mould, pets, exercise, or cold weather.
These attacks can occur anywhere and at any time. Coping with an acute asthma attack is a frightening experience. To deal with asthma, you and those around you need the knowledge to know when an attack is becoming acute, and the confidence to take prompt action.
Sometimes an asthma attack can be stopped if you relax, use your inhaler and breathe effectively. Other times, treatment for an asthma attack requires medical attention.
Seeking medical advice is recommended in the following cases.
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