Asthma Action Plan
What is an Asthma Action Plan?
People of all ages with asthma can learn to control it. If you or your child has asthma, an Asthma Action Plan can help you to know when your asthma is getting worse, and what to do.
With your help, your primary care doctor or nurse will put together an Asthma Action Plan for you to take home and follow.
Questions to Ask:
You will want to ask yourself and your doctor these questions. These questions will help your doctor develop your Asthma Action Plan.
- What things make my asthma worse (for example, dust, smoke, furry animals)?
- What should I watch for when my asthma is getting worse?
- What medicines should I take?
- When do I need to take my medicines?
- When should I call my primary care doctor or nurse?
- How do I know when to get emergency help?
Your primary care doctor or nurse will show you how to use a peak flow meter. A peak flow meter lets you know when your asthma is getting worse before you have any problems. Your peak flow meter numbers will be part of your Asthma Action Plan.
Here is a sample Asthma Action Plan from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that you may fill out with your doctor.