ASTHMA ATTACKS KILL THREE PEOPLE IN THE UK EVERY DAY
Asthma is a lung condition that can cause breathing difficulties. It occurs when the breathing tubes to the lungs become inflamed and narrow.
Asthma attacks kill three people in the UK each day.
Every 10 seconds someone has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.
While one in six people treated in hospital for an asthma attack need hospital care again within two weeks. Attacks can be triggered by a strong odor, pollen in the air, dust mites, smoke or chemical fumes.
Signs of a severe asthma attack include: wheezing, coughing and chest tightness becoming severe and constant.
They also include being too breathless to eat, speak or sleep, breathing faster a fast heartbeat, drowsiness, confusion, exhaustion, dizziness, blue lips or fingers fainting.
Asthma is a subject covered in our First Aid at Work courses