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:
Coughing and wheezing.
of breath and having chest tightness. (Children may express chest tightness as
In the yellow zone, your
peak expiratory flow is 50% to 80% of your
personal best peak flow measurement. To find 80% of your
personal best, multiply your personal best measurement by 0.80. For example, if
your personal best flow is 400, then 80% of that is 400 times 0.80, which is
320. And 50% of your personal best would be 400 times 0.50, which is 200. In this example, the yellow zone would be any value from 200 to 320. You
may not have any symptoms, but your lung function is reduced.
Treatment for symptoms in the yellow zone includes the
Take your medicine according to your asthma
If symptoms do not improve within 20 to 60 minutes or if
your peak expiratory flow remains less than 70% of your personal best
measurement, or if both, then follow the
red zone instructions of your asthma action plan, because your lungs are not
responding to medicine.
If you keep going into the yellow zone from the
green zone, talk with your doctor. Your
regular medicine may need to be changed.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.