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When should you call 911 about severe asthma?

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You should take your asthma rescue inhaler medication as soon as you start to feel an attack come on. If it doesn’t seem to work and you feel like you still can’t breathe, call 911 so you can get to an emergency room right away.

If you have a steroid medicine at home (such as prednisone), you can take it on your way to the ER.

From: What Are Your Severe Asthma Triggers? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Allergy Symptoms,” “Asthma Attack.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Asthma Triggers and Management.”

Deutsches Arzteblatt International: “Severe Asthma: Definition, Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Asthma.net: “Strong Emotions, Stress, and Depression.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 20, 2017

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Allergy Symptoms,” “Asthma Attack.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology: “Asthma Triggers and Management.”

Deutsches Arzteblatt International: “Severe Asthma: Definition, Diagnosis and Treatment.”

Asthma.net: “Strong Emotions, Stress, and Depression.”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on December 20, 2017

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