If you have asthma, it’s important that you have an Asthma Action Plan. You can work with your doctor to create one that is right for you. An Asthma Action Plan can help you adjust your medicines depending on your symptoms and peak flow readings. It can also help you decide whether to call your health care professional or go to the emergency room in case of an asthma attack.
Take a copy of this Asthma Action Plan with you the next time you visit your doctor and complete it together. If your child has asthma, he or she should also have one. Be sure to give a copy of your child’s action plan to the babysitter, nursery school, school nurse and other caregivers.
¿Cuál es su frecuencia respiratoria máxima?
Si el nivel de asma es moderado a grave, es recomendable usar un flujómetro para llevar un control del asma. El flujómetro mide cuán bien sale el aire de los pulmones. Conocer su frecuencia puede ayudarle a ver si su asma está empeorando, incluso antes de que tenga los síntomas.
Controle los síntomas del asma
Lleve un registro que le ayude a hacer un seguimiento y controlar los síntomas y el asma. A diary can be an important tool to share with your doctor to determine if your asthma is staying the same or getting worse.
There are four things that you should monitor to help you understand when your symptoms occur:
- Daytime Symptoms - How often do you have asthma symptoms during the day, such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath?
- Nighttime Symptoms - Do you wake up at night with asthma symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath?
- Rescue Inhaler Use - How often do you use your rescue inhaler to relieve asthma symptoms?
- Activity Level - Do you have difficulty performing normal activities, such as walking, climbing stairs, daily chores or playing with your pets or children?
Sepa cuándo tomar sus medicinas
Your Asthma Action Plan will include instructions for taking your medicines when:
- You are feeling well.
- You have asthma symptoms.
- Your asthma symptoms get worse.
The Asthma Action Plan should include the names of your medicines, instructions for when to take your rescue or controller medicine and dosage information. The dose and frequency may change depending on your current asthma zone as defined in your Asthma Action Plan. It is important to take your medicines exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
To learn more about asthma, visit the following websites:
- Centros para el Control y Prevención de las Enfermedades - Asma
- National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
- Asociación Americana del Pulmón
Source: American Lung Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute