An asthma attack can take anything from a few minutes to a few days to develop. During an asthma attack coughing, wheezing or breathlessness can quickly worsen.
Note: Not all of the above symptoms may be present.
During an asthma attack, young children may appear restless, unable to settle and may have problems eating due to shortness of breath. They may also have severe coughing and vomiting. See here for more information about asthma emergencies for children aged five years and under.
If you (or anyone in your care) have any of the above signs, call an ambulance (dial 111) straight away and follow the 4-Step Asthma Emergency Plan.
Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are distressing and complex conditions that affect New Zealanders from all walks of life, but our goals are simple - to help those affected to live better lives by reducing asthma and COPD episodes and assisting people to self-manage their respiratory health.
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