3 Things to Tell Your Doctor About Your Asthma

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Managing asthma can be challenging, which is why it’s important to build a strong relationship with your asthma doctor.

At your next appointment, don’t forget to mention if you’re experiencing these three things:


1. Uncontrolled Asthma Symptoms

If not properly managed, asthma can cause serious problems, like difficulty breathing, asthma attacks, and more. Always tell your doctor if you’re experiencing asthma symptoms, like wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, or trouble sleeping due to coughing or breathing problems, especially if you’re sticking to your medication as prescribed. If you do notice any of these symptoms, your doctor can determine next steps to get your asthma better controlled.

2. Problems Adhering to Medication

Managing your asthma means you must follow your doctor’s treatment plan and commit to taking medications as prescribed. However, it can be hard to keep taking your asthma medications if you’re experiencing side effects or your treatment schedule doesn’t work with your lifestyle. If you aren’t able to stick to your treatment plan, there’s nothing to be ashamed about. Be honest with your doctor about why you’re having trouble so you can work together to find a solution, which might mean a different drug, dosing schedule, or lifestyle change.

3.  Changes in Your Mood

Dealing with a chronic condition like asthma can be tough, and it’s common for people to experience stress, anxiety, and depression as a result. In fact, having asthma greatly increases your risk of developing depression or anxiety in your lifetime. Fortunately, there are effective resources available to help you cope with the emotional side effects of life with asthma, from medications to meditation. Don’t be afraid to tell your doctor how you’ve been feeling. He or she can guide you to find the appropriate support and better manage your mental health. Getting outside help to boost your emotional wellbeing doesn’t mean you’ve failed; it means you’re using all the tools in your toolbox to live a fulfilling and healthy life.

Living with asthma can be difficult, but connecting with a doctor you trust can make all the difference. If you’re open and honest about what you’re experiencing, you’re on your way to staying in control of your condition.

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2020 Jan 8
  1. Association Between Asthma and Depression. American Academy
    of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. https://www.aaaai.org/global/latest-research-summaries/New-Research-from-JACI-In-Practice/depression
  2. Asthma: Symptoms and
    Causes. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/symptoms-causes/syc-20369653
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