Asthma can take over your life if you let it, leading to hospital visits and missed work or school. An important part of keeping your asthma under control is to visit a doctor regularly for checkups. If you are having trouble controlling your condition, your doctor can refer you to an asthma specialist.
Even if you are feeling well and breathing easily, make and keep regular appointments with your doctor. If you are hospitalized or go to an emergency room, be sure to see your doctor within the next two days, even if you feel better.
What to Bring to Your Visit
Be prepared for your doctor visits by always bringing with you:
If you come prepared, the doctor can check if you are using your medicines and peak flow meter correctly.
What Your Doctor Will Do
During a visit, you can expect your doctor to:
Talk to Your Doctor
You can get the most out of your visit by talking openly about your condition and asking your doctor about any concerns you may have.
Before you leave a visit, be sure to talk to your doctor about:
Also, if you need help with any other issue caused by your condition, including paying for health care, ask if you can speak with a social worker.
After Your Visit
To be sure you feel the benefits from a doctor’s visit: