Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Asthma
Am I using my medication correctly?
In order to get the most out of your medications and prevent an asthma flare-up, take your medication just as it was prescribed. Some inhalers and nebulizers can be tricky to use. Show your doctor how you are using your medication so you can be sure you are doing it correctly. Use this Medication Scheduler to stay organized.
How do I best manage my asthma?
If you have asthma, you and your healthcare provider should develop a plan that gives specific instructions for early treatment of your asthma symptoms. An Asthma Action Plan is a written, individualized worksheet that shows you the steps to take to prevent your asthma from getting worse. It also provides guidance on when to call your healthcare provider or when to go to the emergency room. Fill out this Asthma Action Plan with your healthcare provider.
How do I reduce my asthma triggers?
An asthma trigger is a thing, activity or condition that makes asthma worse. When you encounter a trigger, it can cause a sudden worsening of symptoms, often called an asthma attack, episode or flare-up. Your healthcare provider can help you recognize what makes your asthma worse, and help find simple solutions to reduce and avoid asthma triggers. Learn more about the common asthma triggers.
Could my home or workplace be making me sick?
Your healthcare provider can help you determine if you are exposed to something in your home or your workplace that may be causing you to have asthma symptoms and relying on your quick-relief medicine. Controlling environmental triggers are important in the overall management asthma.
What other changes can I make to improve my asthma?
Participating in an asthma education class, such as Asthma Basics is a great way to learn more about your asthma. Also, ask your doctor about which types of exercise and activity you should do and which you should avoid. Keep your lungs healthy by staying up to date on vaccinations and avoiding irritants like cigarette smoke or air pollution. Your doctor or nurse can help you brainstorm other changes you can make to maintain a good quality of life while living with asthma.
For Parents of Children with Asthma
Having a child with asthma can be scary. Fortunately, you are not alone. There are many resources and tools to help your child make lifestyle changes and to help your child control their asthma and enjoy a full and active life.
Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed June 5, 2018.