What Should I Do if My Friend Is Having an Asthma Attack?

What Should I Do if My Friend Is Having an Asthma Attack?

What should I do if my friend is having an asthma attack?
- Zahara*

An asthma flare-up can be scary, both for the person having it and anyone who sees it happening. A friend who knows how to handle the situation can be a big help.

Here's what to do:

Friends can be the first line of defense for someone who is having an asthma flare-up. So it's great that you want to be prepared!

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: April 2011

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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