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Even though asthma is a lifelong condition, treatment can help you feel and breathe better and help keep your lungs healthy.
If you have been recently diagnosed with asthma, it may seem like there are a lot of things to remember. But with some practice, these things will become part of your normal routine. Some ways you can take charge of your asthma include using an asthma action plan, knowing the asthma zones, and working with your doctor.
Using an asthma action plan can help you stay active and have fewer asthma problems. Following your plan is a big step toward controlling your asthma so you can live the life you want.
Asthma zones are part of your asthma action plan. The zones are defined by your symptoms, your peak flow, or both. Knowing what zone you're in can help you know how well your asthma is under control and if you need help.
The three zones are:
Green means good. This zone is where you want to be.
When you're in the green zone, one or more of these things may be true:
Yellow means caution. If you're in this zone, it may mean you're having an asthma attack or that your medicine needs to be increased.
When you're in the yellow zone, one or more of these things may be true:
Red means DANGER. If you're in this zone, you may be having a severe asthma attack. Being in the red zone is dangerous. If you're in the red zone, you need to take action right away.
When you're in the red zone, one or more of these things may be true:
Here are some ways to partner with your doctor to keep your asthma under control.
During checkups, your doctor will ask if your symptoms or your peak flow, or both, have held steady, improved, or gotten worse. You will also be asked if you have asthma symptoms during exercise or at night. This information can help your doctor know if the severity of your asthma symptoms has changed or if you need to change medicines or doses.
When you go to the doctor:
Current as of: November 14, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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