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First Aid: Asthma Flare-Ups


First Aid
During an asthma flare-up (or attack), the airways in the lungs become irritated and swollen, making breathing harder.

Some flare-ups are mild, but others can be life-threatening. So it's important to know how to spot them and deal with them right away.

Signs & Symptoms of an Asthma Flare-Up

Signs of an asthma flare-up include:

Signs of a severe asthma flare-up include:

What to Do

Doctors usually give patients a detailed asthma action plan that includes how to prevent and handle flare-ups. If your child has an asthma flare-up, follow the plan's treatment guidelines. Because each child's asthma is different, each action plan will be too.

Get Emergency Medical Care or Call 911

If Your Child:

Think Prevention!

To help prevent flare-ups:

Date reviewed: August 2017


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