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What Is an Asthma Action Plan?

An asthma action plan is a written plan developed by your doctor or asthma specialist to help you or another family member, including teenagers and children, manage asthma and prevent asthma attacks. The plan is designed to tell you or other family members what to do when there are changes in the severity of asthma symptoms.

How Are Asthma Action Plans Designed?

An asthma action plan gives you and your family important health information that can be used in the event that you or other family members (including teenagers and children) with asthma experience an asthma emergency.

Asthma action plans can be organized in a number of ways. Your asthma action plan may include:

  • A list of asthma triggers that are responsible for asthma symptoms and how to avoid them
  • A list of routine asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, and excess mucus production, as well as what you should do if these symptoms occur
  • The name and dose of the quick-acting or relief medication that needs to be taken when you develop asthma symptoms or are having an asthma attack
  • Emergency telephone numbers and locations of emergency care
  • Instructions about when to contact the doctor, whom to call if the doctor is unavailable, and a list of where to get emergency asthma treatment

The asthma action plan outlines everything you need to do for a normal day with no asthma problems to a time of asthma emergency. Make sure your child’s teacher and any other adult caregiver has a copy of this asthma action plan.

Your Asthma Action Plan (Adults and Teens)

You can print out and use WebMD’s asthma action plan (at the end of this article) to record important information about your asthma. You can also use the same form for another family member with asthma, including teenagers. In this online form, you’ll have ample space to record the names and emergency phone numbers of your health care providers and asthma specialists.

Take this asthma action plan to your asthma doctor at your next visit for help with asthma. Your doctor can fill in the specific asthma medications, dosages, and frequency.

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