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Asthma in adults - what to ask the doctor

Definition

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.

Alternative Names

What to ask your doctor about asthma - adult

Questions

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?

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?

References

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Asthma. www.cdc.gov/asthma/default.htm. Updated April 24, 2018. Accessed November 20, 2018.

Lugogo N, Que LG, Gilstrap DL, Kraft M. Asthma: clinical diagnosis and management. In: Broaddus VC, Mason RJ, Ernst JD, et al, eds. Murray and Nadel's Textbook of Respiratory Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2016:chap 42.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of asthma (EPR-3). www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/asthgdln.htm. Updated August 2007. Accessed November 20, 2018.


Review Date: 11/3/2018
Reviewed By: Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, MHS, Paul F. Harron Jr. Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.