What should I do if my friend is having an asthma attack?
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: May 2014
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
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