What is Asthma and What Makes it Worse
Triggers are things that can set off asthma problems. We can avoid many of them and stay healthy.
- Become aware of various triggers.
- Identify personal triggers.
- Identify ways to avoid triggers.
- List three changes that occur in the lungs when asthma worsens.
- Regularly chooses action alternatives that are consistent with good control.
- Explain their triggers to teachers and friends.
- Begin taking action to control personal triggers that are controllable, such as exercise and cold air.
- Begin limiting exposure to personal triggers that are avoidable, such as cats, smoke and dust.
- Feel they can take action to improve their health (sense of control).
- Begin to feel responsible for improving their asthma.
- Desire positive health rather than mere absence of attacks, such as no symptoms and no side effects.
- Watch for early signs of asthma and take action to be healthy.
- Feel more self-confident and capable of monitoring and managing their asthma.
- Identify personal early warning signs of asthma in discussion.
- Rank each personal warning sign, using severity categories based on traffic light colours (green, yellow and red)
- Indicate peak flow numbers, if applicable, for each severity category (green, yellow and red).
- Explain and list the action required for each severity category (green, yellow and red).
- Introduction. (5 min)
- Create a visual clue for the Action Plan. (10 min)
- Discuss level of asthma control and the Action Plan. (15 min)
- Symptoms and Action Plan learning activity. (20 min)
- Closing. (5 min)
Last modified 2006-01-16 17:35