You're having an asthma attack if you are experiencing any of these:
- Your blue reliever isn't helping, or you need to use it more than every four hours
- You're wheezing a lot, have a very tight chest, or you're coughing a lot
- You're breathless and find it difficult to walk or talk
- Your breathing is getting faster and it feels like you can't get your breath in properly
Asthma attacks can be fatal – three people die from asthma attacks in the UK every day. If you're having an asthma attack, it is vital that you act now.
Video: What to do during an asthma attackSonia Munde, Head of the Asthma UK Helpline, explains what to do if someone is having an asthma attack.
What to do after an asthma attack
There are three key steps you'll need to take as soon as possible after an asthma attack. These will help stop you from having another attack. One in six people who receive emergency treatment for an asthma attack need emergency treatment again within two weeks. It's tempting to think that after an asthma attack you can go back to living your life as normal. Asthma attacks are not normal, even for people with asthma. You shouldn't have to accept them as part of your everyday life.
Last updated January 2019
Next review due January 2022