Important Phone Numbers for DACH Air Patients
Appointments: (254) 288-8888
Asthma Educator: (254) 288-8136
Cancel Appointments after hours: (254) 288-7777
- Educational Asthma Game provided by Starlight Children's Foundation
- Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics, Inc. page
- American Lung Association
- Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America
- Environmental Protection Agency Asthma site
Triggers are things like cigarette smoke, colds, pollen, dust mites, animal dander, mold, weather changes or exercise that make asthma worse.
Early signs may include trouble breathing; tightness in the chest; coughing, usually worse at night; upset stomach; pain in the neck or head; itchy skin; or a tired, cranky feeling.
Late signs may include worsening shortness of breath, retractions (skin pulling in around collar bones and ribs), exhaustion from working hard to breathe, or blue/gray/purple lips or nails. This includes any time the reliever medicine is not helping. These are signs that medical help is needed!
The action plan is divided into three zones and works like a stoplight:
- Green zone is good to go: breathing is fine, no action to take.
- Yellow zone is the caution area: asthma signs are starting, time to take some action.
- Red zone is stop everything: take reliever medicine and go to emergency room.
In the last two months, have you:
- Used your rescue medicine more than twice a week?
- Had asthma signs more than twice a week during the day?
- Had asthma signs more than twice a MONTH during the night?
- Been prevented from going to work/school or doing things you enjoy because of your asthma?
- Been to the ER for your asthma?
If yes to any of these, asthma is not well-controlled and the PCM should be contacted.
page last modified on: 11/27/2013