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Asthma: Using an Asthma Action Plan

If you or your child has asthma that requires daily treatment, it is important to have an asthma action plan. An asthma action plan is a written plan that tells you what asthma medicine to take every day and how to treat an asthma attack. It can help you make quick decisions in case you are not able to think clearly during an attack.

An asthma action plan usually includes:

  • Treatment goals, which include your personal goals about your asthma.
  • An outline of the medicines you take daily for asthma control and when to take them.
  • An asthma diary where you record peak expiratory flow (PEF) and the triggers that cause asthma symptoms.
  • Steps to take and medicines to use to treat an asthma attack early, before it becomes severe.
  • What to do if an attack becomes an emergency, and where to get medical treatment.

Using an asthma action plan can help you stay active with fewer asthma problems. Following your plan is a big step toward controlling the disease so you can live the life you want.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerLora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Last RevisedMarch 14, 2013

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Last Updated: March 14, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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