Questions To Ask Your Doctor About Your Asthma
Your first asthma attack can be extremely scary. Unfortunately, what you do not yet realize is that your next one will be just as scary, as will every one that follows that one. Of course, with the first one, you probably don't know what is happening. But even though you do know what is happening with subsequent asthma attacks, it somehow does not make it any less scary.
This is why it is important to take some level of control. This control starts with the questions that you ask your doctor concerning asthma. You and your doctor should work together to come up with a plan to manage your asthma. This is not only a way to gain some control over your life, but it is also essential for the management of asthma, and to help prevent further attacks as much as possible. Be sure to ask your doctor about a plan.
Ask your doctor what may have triggered the asthma attack, and what may have caused you to have asthma in the first place. Understand that your doctor will need to collect a great deal of information from you in order to answer these questions, and you should use care in answering the questions to make sure that you are giving your doctor accurate information.
Ask your doctor about the warning signs of asthma. Often, if you learn to recognize the warning signs, you can take immediate steps to prevent an actual attack. Ask your doctor for a peak flow meter and have him show you how to use it as well.
Ask about medication options, including the side effects and risks associated with each type of medication. When medication is prescribed, make sure that you use the medication as directed. Make sure you discuss the medications with your doctor in detail. Medication is usually a very important part of controlling your asthma.
Make sure that you know exactly what needs to be done when you do have an asthma attack. Your doctor should give you very explicit instructions on how to use a rescue inhaler and how to regain control of your breathing in the event of an attack. It is also very important that you only use a rescue inhaler when an attack occurs, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Asthma is very scary, but once you gain control of your life again -- and you will -- you will find that it isn't as scary as it once was.
by: Brent McNutt