asthma action plan is based on zones defined by your symptoms or your peak flow, or both. It tells you 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.
When symptoms are
present, they may be mild to moderate, or they may keep you from your usual
activities or disturb your sleep. Symptoms can include:
In the yellow zone, your
peak expiratory flow is 60% to 85% of your
personal best measurement. To find 85% of your
personal best, multiply your personal best measurement by 0.85. For example, if
your personal best flow is 400, then 85% of that is 400 times 0.85, which is
340. And 60% of your personal best would be 400 times 0.60, which is 240. In this example, the yellow zone would be any value from 240 to 340. You
may not have any symptoms, but your lung function is reduced. When symptoms are present, they may be mild to moderate, or they may keep you from your usual activities or disturb your sleep.
Treatment for symptoms in the yellow zone includes the
If you keep going into the yellow zone from the
green zone, talk with your doctor. Your
regular medicine may need to be changed.
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ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Current as ofMay 23, 2016
Current as of:
May 23, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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