Ruth Baker

1. Everyday asthma care

My asthma is being managed well:

My daily asthma routine:

My preventer inhaler
Fostair NEXThaler (pink/white)

I need to take my preventer inhaler every day even when I feel well.

I take 1 puff(s) in the morning and 1 puff(s) at night.

My reliever inhaler
is the same as my preventer inhaler

I take my reliever inhaler only if I need to

I take 1 puff(s) of my reliever inhaler if any of these things happen:

2. When I feel worse

My asthma is getting worse if I’m experiencing any of these

What I can do to get on top of my asthma now

If I haven’t been using my preventer inhaler, I’ll start using it regularly again or if I have been using it:

When I feel worse

Other advice from my GP about what to do if my asthma is worse:

Maintenance and Reliever Therapy (MART)
Mart advice: use with Symbicort turbohaler

I can use my maintenance inhaler as a reliever when I get symptoms, and should carry it with me.

⚠️ If you need your reliever inhaler more than every four hours, you need to take emergency action now. See section 3.

⚠️ See a doctor or nurse within 24 hours if you get worse at any time or you haven’t improved after seven days.

3. In an asthma attack

I’m having an asthma attack if I’m experiencing any of these

What to do in an asthma attack

  1. Sit up straight - try to keep calm.
  2. Take a maximum of 6 puffs in one episode
  3. If you feel worse at any point OR you don’t feel better after 6 puffs call 999 for an ambulance.
  4. If the ambulance has not arrived after 10 minutes and your symptoms are not improving, use your blue inhaler with a spacer.
  5. Take one puff of your blue reliever inhaler every 30-60 seconds up to 10 puffs.*
  6. If your symptoms are no better after repeating step 5, and the ambulance has still not arrived, contact 999 again immediately.
Tidal breathing technique

My reliever inhaler
Ventolin Evohaler pMDI 100μg, blue

My spacer
AeroChamber Plus spacer

I can use my spacer in combination with my blue reliever inhaler so that it's more effective.

After an asthma attack

White plastic cylinder with a red twist base. The label is red and dosage is green.
Fostair NEXThaler preventer and MART inhaler
Blue plastic 'J' shaped pipe, with an aluminium canister inserted in the top. The mouthpiece has a dark blue cap.
Ventolin reliever inhaler
Yellow zip-up case, contains my inhalers and spacer.
I keep my inhalers in a yellow case
Clear plastic cylinder with blue plastic ends
AeroChamber Plus spacer
White plastic device with a grey mouthpiece and a slider
Medi Peak-flow meter
Clear plastic cylinder that can be stacked for storage
Volumatic spacer