A written Asthma Action
Plan will tell you what to do in every
Using a four zone plan, you will be able to tell a mild problem
(high yellow zone) from a moderate problem (low yellow zone) and treat appropriately.
The plan includes medicine dose and how often
you should take it.
signs or symptoms of asthma occur when your peak flow is in the
green zone. That may be because your airways were not completely
clear when your personal best was established.
An increase in the dose of your inhaled steroid
for one month may clear your airways and enable you to establish
a more accurate personal best score.
may also occur in the green zone when your small
airways are inflamed, a problem that does not
reduce peak flow. If you have mild signs or symptoms
when your peak flow is in the green zone, you
are having an episode. You should begin treatment
according to your high yellow zone plan.
Children under five don’t blow
peak flow well. They need an Asthma Action Plan based
on the four signs of asthma. Everyone else should use a peak flow based asthma action plan.
The Peak Flow Based and Signs Based Asthma Action Plans can be downloaded and customized by your doctor, or you can print a copy and ask your doctor to fill it out.
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