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  1. Asthma Action Plan: Yellow Zone - Topic Overview

    An asthma action plan is a written plan of what to do if you have a sudden increase in your asthma symptoms ( asthma attack ). The yellow zone may mean that you are having an asthma attack or that your medicine needs to be increased. In the yellow zone,your peak expiratory flow is 50% to 80% of your personal best measurement. To find 80% of your personal best,multiply your personal best ...

  2. Asthma in Children: Knowing How Bad an Attack Is - Topic Overview

    It can be difficult to know whether your child is having a mild,moderate,or severe asthma attack. The following chart may help you. Talk with a doctor if you are unable to tell how severe your child's symptoms are. Gauging the severity of your child's asthma attack Factor Mild attack Moderate attack Severe attack Peak expiratory flow 80% to 100% of personal best 50% to 79% of personal best ...

  3. Nebulizer for Asthma Treatment - Topic Overview

    A nebulizer is a device used to deliver liquid medicine in the form of a fine mist (aerosol). It is sometimes used for asthma because:The medicine can be given over a longer period of time.It may be easier to use for small children or for people who have serious difficulty breathing or have trouble using an inhaler. A nebulizer uses a face mask or mouthpiece to deliver medicine. You breathe in the medicine through the mouthpiece or face mask. The mouthpiece or face mask needs to be cleaned after each use.In general, a nebulizer may not always be the best choice for delivering daily asthma medicines to children because it: Is hard to keep the mask on the child's face for the length of time needed for each treatment.Isn't mobile. It is an electrical device that must stay in place while the child uses it.Can be more expensive to use than a metered-dose inhaler (MDI).Can deliver more medicine than is needed, compared with an inhaler and a spacer. This makes it easier to give a child too

  4. Asthma Action Plan: Red Zone - Topic Overview

    An asthma action plan is a written plan of what to do if you have an asthma attack. You are in the red zone of your asthma action plan if you have severe asthma symptoms. Symptoms include: Peak expiratory flow less than 50% of your personal best measurement. To find 50% of your personal best,multiply your personal best measurement by 0.50. For example,if your personal best flow is 400,then ...

  5. Asthma Action Plan: Green Zone - Topic Overview

    An asthma action plan is a written plan of what to do if you or your child has an asthma attack. The green zone of the asthma action plan is where a person with asthma wants to be every day. When in the green zone: The peak expiratory flow is 80% to 100% of the person's personal best measurement. To find 80% of your personal best,multiply your personal best measurement by 0.80. For example,...

  6. Occupational Asthma - Topic Overview

    Occupational asthma develops when a person is exposed to a particular inhaled substance in the workplace. The term refers to new cases of asthma. But workplace exposure to substances that cause airway irritation or inflammation can make asthma worse in people who already have the condition. About 10% of adult asthma is classified as occupational asthma. 1 Occupational asthma is the most ...

  7. Medical History for Asthma - Topic Overview

    Asthma usually is diagnosed based on the history of symptoms,a physical exam,lung function tests,and laboratory tests. The medical history is especially important if you or your child does not have symptoms at the time of the visit. Your doctor will probably ask whether you or your child: Has sudden severe episodes or recurrent episodes of coughing,wheezing,or shortness of breath,and how ...

  8. Asthma Action Plan

    An asthma action plan is a written plan that helps you manage sudden increases in your or your child's asthma symptoms (asthma attacks). It tells you what medication you need to use, based on the severity of the attack, and when you should call a health professional or seek emergency treatment. Your action plan is based on zones of asthma severity defined by symptoms and your personal best peak ..

  9. Asthma During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    Asthma is a fairly common health problem for pregnant women, including some women who have never had it before. During pregnancy, asthma not only affects you, but it can also cut back on the oxygen your fetus gets from you. However, this does not mean that having asthma will make your pregnancy more difficult or dangerous to you or your fetus. Pregnant women with asthma that is properly ...

  10. Asthma Diary - Topic Overview

    An asthma diary helps you keep track of how well you are managing your asthma. You record your peak expiratory flow (PEF),your symptoms and what triggers them,and the quick-relief medicine you use to relieve the symptoms. Measure your PEF often,every morning and evening if possible,and record it in your diary. If you have symptoms or an asthma attack,record the trigger (if possible),...

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