Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Bronchial Asthma First Aid

First aid for an asthma attack includes:

  • Prepare an action plan with your doctor, so that you know what to do when an attack occurs.
  • Use your inhaler at the first signs of an asthma attack
  • Use maximum doses of your inhaler.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if symptoms do not improve.
  • Seek medical attention immediately if your peak expiratory flow is in the red zone.
  • Remain calm, but do not lie down.
  • Stop cough and cold medicines if you are taking them.
  • Drink plenty of clear liquids.

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Last Updated: Oct 25, 2006 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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