Everyone that has been diagnosed with asthma should meet with their physician to come up with an asthma action planned, also called a management plan. This plan can show how to deal with long-term asthma, such as what your daily treatment is, when to take your medicine, etc. It should also have an emergency plan for what to do in an emergency situation. If your child has asthma, all of the child's caregivers should have a copy of the plan.
An asthma action plan should first include all important contact information. This plan also has all of the information about the plan to treat asthma at any stage. Attached is an Asthma Action Plan for you to print, fill out, and distribute to the people that are usually around you or your child. You may want your physician to assist you in completing this form.
There are three main asthma zones. In the first zone, the green zone, your breathing is good with no coughing or wheezing. At this stage, you will continue with your regular medication. When your breathing gets worse, then you move into the yellow zone. This zone may show the first signs of a cold or beginning to cough. You will continue to take your regular medications and add in quick-relief medication. When breathing is difficult, this is the red zone. You may notice that medication is not helping, and you cannot breathe well. You will need to contact your physician immediately.
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