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Using a Four Zone Asthma Action Plan

The Peak Flow Asthma Action Plan in English

The Signs Asthma Action Plan in English

The Peak Flow Asthma Action Plan in Spanish

The Signs Asthma Action Plan in Spanish


Each of these Asthma Action Plans are in MS Word format. They can be downloaded and customize by your doctor, or you can print a copy and ask your doctor to fill it in.


A written Asthma Action Plan will tell you what to do in every asthma situation.

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.

Sometimes 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.

Signs 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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