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    Exercise-Induced Asthma Treatment

    Call 911 now if the person:

    • Is struggling to breathe
    • Has blue lips
    • Is unable to walk or talk
    • Shows other signs of a severe attack

    1. Stop Activity

    • Have the person sit down and rest.

    2. Follow the Person’s Asthma Plan, if Possible

    • Find out if the person has an individualized asthma action plan from a doctor.
    • If so, follow its directions.

     

    3. Give Asthma First Aid

    4. Resume Activity When Safe

    • Wait until the person can breathe easily and is symptom-free before resuming exercise.
    • If symptoms return when person starts exercise again, repeat treatment and stop exercise for rest of day.

    5. Follow Up

    • If symptoms do not improve with treatment, call the person's doctor for advice.

    If attack happens at school:

    • Notify school nurse or other designated staff if child does not have asthma medication or symptoms do not go away within five to 10 minutes after using inhaler.
    • Notify the child’s parents.
    • Do not let child leave the gym or play area alone.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by William Blahd, MD on January 21, 2016

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