Do you have asthma or know someone who does? Find out how an asthma action plan can help you manage your symptoms and prevent attacks.
This plan simply outlines how to manage your medication, avoid triggers and recognize early warning signs to prevent asthma attacks. When followed correctly, it can also help you decide how to act quickly during flare-ups or emergencies.
Here’s how you can create an effective asthma action plan:
Visit your Primary Care Provider (PCP) and work together to create a plan that fits your needs. Remember, each person’s asthma is different and no two plans are the same. With the help of your PCP, you’ll learn how to follow your treatment, track asthma symptoms, and make the right call in any situation.
Print out this sample asthma action plan and review it with your PCP during your next visit.
Your asthma action plan will include instructions for how and when to take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. You should always take your medication even when you’re feeling well, and especially if symptoms begin to appear or worsen.
Whether you take long-term control or quick-relief medicines, it’s important to know how they work so you’re comfortable taking them. If you’re having problems with your medication, talk to your doctor.
An asthma action plan is made up of three action zones (green, yellow, and red). These zones will help you know how to act based on your symptoms, peak flows (how well you’re breathing), or both.
The best way to avoid asthma symptoms is knowing what causes it in the first place. These are known as your triggers. Reduce your asthma symptoms by knowing what your triggers are and how you can avoid them. From animal dander, pollen, to dust and cigarette smoke, you can find out what they are by talking to your doctor.
While avoiding triggers isn’t always possible, you can be prepared. Make sure you carry your medication and make changes in your home or workplace to reduce the severity of your asthma symptoms.
You’re not alone when it comes to managing your asthma. Try to include your family members, friends, and co-workers so they can help in case you’re not able to respond to your asthma symptoms on time. Sharing your asthma action plan with the people around you can save you or your child’s life. Make sure your plan is always updated and to carry your asthma essentials with you.
Remember, only you can control your asthma. Are you ready to create an asthma action plan? Don’t forget to download this sample asthma action plan and protect your or your child’s health today.
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