Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma Action Plan

Your Asthma Action Plan Simplified

Asthma is a force in the system that stimulates change in a condition where the narrowing of the air passageways that impairs breathing in asthma is variable. Most people who have asthma knows, one’s breathing can be fine one day and very difficult the subsequent day. In fact, under certain circumstances one’s asthma can flare up in a matter of minutes. 

An example might be when someone with asthma who is sensitive to cat dander, if she visits a friend’s home and is exposed to the dander of the friend’s pet cat, within shortly she may begin to develop cough, wheezing, tightness in the chest, and difficulty breathing. 

Another common trigger of asthma symptoms is a respiratory tract infection, when someone with asthma who develops a head cold may have cough and nasal congestion for a few days, then awaken at the middle of the night with shortness of breath and severe chest congestion. He/she uses his/her inhaled bronchodilator but gets no relief. What should one do at that moment?

The best solution at that moment is to call your doctor.Most of the time this action is the correct response to this problem or any period of difficulty with your asthma.Unfortunately, there may be times when your doctor is not immediately available and when you need to act quickly, before making contact with him/her. 

In addition, there may be circumstances where you are confident of the right action to take and don’t need professional advice. For instance, the person visiting the friend and friend’s should know that the best course of action to take is to leave promptly from that apartment; her asthma symptoms may resolve quickly simply by removing from the cat dander to which that person is allergic. One does not need consultation with their physician to know what they should do, at least as a first response to the problem.

The purpose of the above explanation is to help you to consider what actions you might take in the event of an attack of your asthma: that is, if your asthma symptoms develop rapidly and your breathing becomes difficult. Although one cannot possibly anticipate all possible circumstances, it is good to consider in advance, in a general way, “what would I do if….” 

And to consider further, if you took such and such an action and still were not better, or possibly even worse, what would you do then. You may have family and friends who would like to be useful to you during an acute attack of asthma. We encourage you to share this the above with them.
Asthma Action Plan Development

The excellent method to develop a plan of action for dealing with an asthmatic attack is to have a discussion and consult about it with your medical professionals. The plan that you and your medical professionals develop will depend on how severe your asthma is, on what medicines you usually take for your asthma, and possibly on your past experiences with an asthma attack. 

Bare in mind that no any single plan of action could be right for all persons and for all asthma attacks. The above is meant only as a broad guideline, one that you might use as a basis for discussion with your medical professional about your individualized action plan.

Above all prevention is better than cure.