Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Editorial Board: Dr.Kamini Silvarajan MD/AAAM

Asthma Action Plan Written Document

Peak Flow With Zone Indicators

An action plan for asthma can assist you to identify early warning signs, and how to act fast to prevent an asthma attack.

An Action Plan For Asthma is simply a written document that details your asthma triggers, usual symptoms, peak flow readings, and what actions to take at different stages of your symptoms before getting worse. Generally, a asthma plan is typically divided into 3 zones:

Green, Yellow, and Red just like a traffic light.

If you’re in the green zone, it means your asthma is under control, your peak flow readings are in your healthy range, and you’re feeling healthy. But, if your symptoms start to worsen and if your peak flow readings decline, you drop into the yellow zone, and there are certain actions, such as using your quick-relief inhaler, that can help you move quickly back to your green zone.

If the quick-relief treatment did not work that you’ve entered the yellow zone , you may be progressing into your red zone, which indicates you are in a danger zone and need to seek medical help right away. Any delay at this point may result in a severe asthma attack and other serious complications.

An Action Plan For Asthma is also a communications tool, between you and your doctor and if it is for your child with asthma between you and your child’s caregivers. It can help make sure that treatment is consistent and timely.

But simply having a plan isn’t enough as you also need to know how to use this tool to stop asthma attacks, before they get out of control.