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Sit down with your doctor to develop an Asthma Action Plan. A plan can be very helpful, especially during an asthma flare-up.
What medicines to take
How much to take
When to take them
When and how to get help
Emergency phone numbers
See your doctor every 3 to 6 months for an asthma checkup.
You may want to give a copy to friends, relatives, teachers, coaches, neighbors and babysitters so that they can help you if you have a flare-up.
An Asthma Action Plan may use 4 color "zones" to help you decide what to do:
• Your breathing is good
• Avoid your asthma triggers
• Take your controller medicines every day to help prevent flare-ups
• First signs of a cold, repeated cough, waking at night from cough
• Take your rescue (quick-relief) medicine to keep symptoms from getting worse
• If symptoms do not go away or return in 4 hours, call your doctor (see Orange
• Continue taking your controller medicines
• CALL YOUR DOCTOR!
• Symptoms return too quickly (not improving): relief from quick-relief medicine
doesn’t last 4 hours; vomiting after coughing
• Quick-relief medicine is needed 4 or more times in a single day
• Take your Orange Zone medications
• If you cannot reach your doctor and symptoms continue, go to an Urgent Care
or Emergency Room
• GO TO THE CLOSEST ER OR DIAL 9-1-1 NOW!
• Symptoms include hard, fast breathing (gasping); rib and neck muscles
show when breathing; lips and fingernail beds turn gray or blue
• On the way to the ER, take your Red Zone medications!