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Preparing for an Asthma Appointment

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or a general practitioner. However, you may be referred to an allergist or a pulmonologist for further evaluation. Because appointments can be brief, it's a good idea to be well prepared. Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment with the Respiratory Specialists.

Write Down the Following

  • Any symptoms you're having
  • When did your symptoms start?
  • What makes your symptoms worse? Note when your symptoms bother you the most
  • What makes your symptoms better?
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements that you're taking.

Make a List of Questions

  • Is asthma the most likely cause of my breathing problems?
  • What are other possible causes for my symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What's the best treatment?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach that you're suggesting?
  • I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Are there any restrictions that I need to follow?
  • Should I see a specialist?
  • Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing me?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend visiting?