Take Charge of Your Asthma

Do you or your child have asthma? Do you know what to do when you’re short of breath or the quick-relief medicines aren’t working? Follow this link to learn more about your asthma action plan and zones.

If you or your child has asthma, you know how scary it can be when you can’t catch your breath. Asthma is a long-term problem, but it doesn’t have to limit you. Learning all you can about asthma is the first step to living the life you want.

    Follow your Asthma Action Plan

  • Take your daily medicines as prescribed. This can keep asthma under control and help you avoid asthma attacks.
  • Keep your treatment goals in mind. This may help you stay on your treatment.
  • Review your list of triggers. Avoiding triggers can help reduce the chance that you will have an asthma attack.

Know your asthma zones
An action plan is based on zones that are defined by your symptoms, your peak flow or both. There are three zones: green, yellow and red. Your action plan tells you what to do when you are in each zone.

  • Green means Go. You are in the green zone if your peak flow is 80% to 100% of your personal best measurement. This is where you want to be. Keep taking your daily asthma medicines as prescribed.
  • Yellow means Caution. You may not have any symptoms, but your lung function is reduced. When symptoms are present, you may cough, wheeze or feel short of breath. Your asthma may limit your activities or wake you up at night. This is when you should take action. Your action plan will tell you what medicines you need to take, how much to take and when to take them.
  • Red means DANGER. You are in the red zone if your peak flow is less than 50% of your personal best measurement. You may be very short of breath or the quick-relief medicines may not have worked. This is dangerous. When you are in the red zone, take the actions listed in your action plan. You may need to go to the emergency room right away.

If you need help keeping your asthma in control, contact our Chronic Care Management program for help.