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  1. 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,...

  2. Asthma: Using an Asthma Action Plan

    When you or your child has asthma, you need to treat the underlying inflammation to avoid long - term lung damage, and you need to know how to quickly treat a sudden increase in your asthma symptoms (asthma attack). You do this through daily treatment and action plans.A daily asthma treatment plan says in writing how you are to treat the daily inflammation in the lungs. It helps prevent or slow th

  3. Asthma: Identifying Your Triggers

    Asthma is a long - lasting (chronic) disease of the respiratory system. It causes inflammation in tubes that carry air to the lungs (bronchial tubes). The inflammation makes your bronchial tubes likely to overreact to certain triggers. An overreaction can lead to decreased lung function, sudden difficulty breathing, and other symptoms of an asthma attack.If you avoid triggers, you can:Prevent some

  4. Asthma: Measuring Peak Flow

    As someone with asthma, you know how important it is to monitor your condition. You need to know how well your lungs are "working"-is their ability to move air in and out staying the same, or is it getting better or worse? When you monitor your asthma, you can control it. When you control your asthma, you also control your life-you do what you want to do, and your asthma does not limit you. ...

  5. Asthma: Controlling Cockroaches - Topic Overview

    Exposure to cockroaches may increase asthma symptoms. Cockroaches leave behind particles from their feces, eggs, and shells that can cause an allergic reaction. Cockroaches are a problem in many homes, especially in the southern part of the United States. Here are some steps you can take to remove cockroaches from your home:Clean often. Pay special attention to carpets, upholstery, and bedding.Don't leave food lying around the house, especially at night.Keep all food in tightly sealed containers.Don't leave pet food and water out overnight.Clean up food spills right away.Keep your house dry. Increase ventilation to get rid of moisture.Don't leave garbage in open containers.Throw away or recycle mail, newspapers, and boxes. Cockroaches can hide in these items.Seal openings that cockroaches can use to enter your house. Pay special attention to windows, cracks in the wall, and gaps in the floor.Use sticky traps that catch cockroaches and can be thrown away.If you use cockroach bait or

  6. 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 ...

  7. Asthma Triggers - Topic Overview

    An asthma trigger is a factor that can lead to sudden difficulty breathing or other symptoms of asthma ( asthma attack ). Some triggers are substances a person may be allergic to ( allergens ). Allergens cause the body's natural defenses ( immune system ) to produce chemicals called immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These chemicals bind to allergens,causing inflammation of the bronchial ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Asthma: Overuse of Quick-Relief Medicines - Topic Overview

    Medicines for quick relief of the narrowed bronchial tubes caused by asthma include short-acting beta2-agonists. These medicines relieve sudden increases of symptoms ( asthma attacks ) quickly. But overuse may be harmful. Overuse of short-acting beta2-agonists has been associated with worsening asthma and increased risk of death. 1 People who have severe asthma usually are the ones at ...

  10. Asthma: Pollen as a Trigger - Topic Overview

    Pollens in the air can trigger asthma symptoms in children and adults who are allergic to trees,grass,and weeds. When pollen levels are high,you or your child may need to: Stay inside. Pollen levels vary with the seasons,area of the country,and local plants. Watch local weather reports for pollen counts in your area. Keep doors and windows closed. People who are allergic to pollens may ...

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