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Developing an Asthma Action Plan


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NOTE: Call the doctor if you or other family member keeps dropping into the yellow zone. The green zone plan may need to be changed to prevent this.


RED ZONE: Medical Alert -- This is an Emergency!
Red zone means you or your family member, including teenagers and children, need urgent medical care. Symptoms may include frequent, severe cough; severe shortness of breath; wheezing; trouble talking and walking; and rapid breathing. Peak flow is less than 50% of personal best.

ACTION: Reversal of symptoms

  • Take these medicines: Albuterol with spacer ______ or _______ in nebulizer.
  • ADD: __________________.
  • Give your child albuterol two puffs or nebulizer treatment with Xopenex or albuterol.
  • If there is no change, GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.
  • If you or your family member (including teenagers and children) has trouble walking or talking, is gasping for air, has blue lips or fingernails, or is unable to do a peak flow, this is an emergency. CALL 9-1-1.
  • If symptoms improve but do not go away completely, return to the yellow zone plan and follow the instructions. Call your doctor for further advice.


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Remember to take the asthma diary and asthma action plan to each doctor visit so the doctor can assess how well the treatment plan is working.



WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on February 28, 2012
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