What Should I Do if My Friend Is Having an Asthma Flare-Up?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswers-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.help someone with asthma, asthma flare, flareup, flare-up, flare up, asthma flare-ups, asma, athsma, atsma, breathe, breathing, choke, choking, chocke, chocking, inhalers, rescue medicine, asthma trigger, triggers, action plan, 911, emergency, ambulance, asthma attacks, friend with asthma, expert answers, azma attacks, asma attack04/21/201106/22/201706/22/2017Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD06/13/2017f859ed38-1e91-4e09-9f20-559275894908https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/friend-flareup.html/<p><em>What should I do if my friend is having an asthma flare-up?<br /> &ndash; Zahara*</em></p> <p>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.</p> <p>Here's what to do:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><strong>Stay calm and be reassuring.</strong> Help your friend relax. If someone who is having a flare-up panics, it can make it even harder to breathe.</li> <li><strong>Take your friend away from any possible asthma <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/asthma-triggers.html/">triggers</a>, like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/secondhand-smoke.html/">smoke</a>.</strong></li> <li><strong>Have your friend sit upright.</strong> Lying down might make breathing more difficult.</li> <li><strong>If your friend can talk, ask what his or her <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/a-action-plan.html/">asthma action plan</a> says to do during a flare-up.</strong> If your friend is able to tell you, follow the plan.</li> <li><strong>If your friend can't speak or doesn't remember what to do, ask if he or she has an inhaler to use during flare-ups.</strong> If so, get the inhaler and help your friend to use it.</li> <li><strong>Call 911 if:</strong> <ul> <li>an inhaler is not available</li> <li>your friend is having trouble talking or is struggling to breathe</li> <li>your friend's lips are turning blue</li> <li>your friend becomes unconscious</li> <li>the inhaler doesn't help</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>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!</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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Dealing With an Asthma Flare-UpAsthma flare-ups, or attacks, can be handled, but it's even better if you can prevent them from happening. Find out how to deal with flare-ups.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/asthma-flare-up.html/2e8420d7-f9f8-49da-ae1b-7e4a0250bc21
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