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Asthma symptoms, like symptoms with any prolonged illness, can vary from time to time, season to season. Monitoring your symptoms is important; you’ve got to be vigilant, because even the mildest onset of one thing, untreated, can mean big trouble down the road. It’s important to listen to your body and respond to the cries for help it gives out. See your doctor. Tell them what’s wrong. Or there’s a big chance ‘a little something’ can turn into a big deal, real quick.
I can never say it too much: communication with your doctor is paramount. You both should go through and create a written plan of action. This will give you hints, suggestions, and red flags so you’re more aware of what to look out for and are prepared when symptoms creep up. Sample plans are available online or you can speak with your doctor and they may have ideas about what’s worked for their patients in the past. For this discussion today, let’s say there are three ‘zones’ in the life of an asthmatic.
Only your doctor can tell you where you fit in this schism, what these zones involve, and about the three different plans of action for what you need to do, and how fast, in different situations.
THE GREEN ZONE:
This is the ideal place to be. No symptoms, you are able to stretch yourself to the limits of your abilities, participate in normal, everyday activities, and even exert yourself to perform at your peak physical limits for decent periods of time. School or work isn’t, at this point, posing a problem and your sleep is uninterrupted through the night. Your reliever inhaler is used no more than four times a week for symptoms (save prior to physical exertion) and all else with your breathing is well. In the green zone is equivalent to your asthma