Asthma is a problem with the airways that bring oxygen in and carbon dioxide out of your lungs. 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 coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath. Rarely asthma causes chest pain.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse 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?
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'm going to be around something that triggers my asthma?
What type of planning do I need to do before I travel?
What to ask your doctor about asthma - adult
Updated by: Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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