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Signs of an emergency

  • Using your reliever a lot

  • Your reliever isn’t helping

  • It’s difficult to breathe

  • You can’t talk in full sentences

  • Your symptoms (chest tightness, wheezing and coughing) are worse than normal

  • Your peak flow reading is less than half your normal1

Find out what to do in an asthma attack here

Approval code: RESP-IE-NP-00028

Date of preparation: October 2020

  1. Asthma action plan. Asthma Society of Ireland. Available at: Last accessed: October 2020.

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