What to ask your doctor about asthma - adult
Asthma is a problem with the lung airways. A person with asthma may not feel symptoms all the time. But when an asthma attack happens, it becomes hard for air to pass through your airways. The symptoms are usually:
In rare cases, asthma causes chest pain.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your asthma.
Am I taking my asthma medicines the right way?
What are some signs that my asthma is getting worse and that I need to call the doctor? What should I do when I feel short of breath? Should I be using a peak flow meter?
What shots or vaccinations do I need?
What will make my asthma worse?
What sort of changes should I make around my home?
What sort of changes do I need to make at work?
What exercises are better for me to do?
Do I need tests or treatments for allergies? What should I do when I know I am going to be around something that triggers my asthma?
What type of planning do I need to do before I travel?
Am I at risk for COVID-19? What should I do to protect myself?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Asthma. www.cdc.gov/asthma/default.htm. Updated December 12, 2022. Accessed January 17, 2023.
Holgate ST, Sly PD. Asthma pathogenesis. In: Burks AW, Holgate ST, O'Hehir RE, Broide DH, et al. eds. Middleton's Allergy: Principles and Practice. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2020: chap 47.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Asthma. www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/asthma. Updated March 24, 2022. Accessed January 17, 2023.BACK TO TOP
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