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Controlling Severe Asthma

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At Your Appointment

Asthma Appointment Guide

Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • How often do you have asthma symptoms, such as wheezing, chest tightness or coughing? Frequently, occasionally, or rarely? Do these symptoms interrupt your sleep?
  • How many asthma attacks have you had? Have you been to the ER for asthma?
  • How often are you using your rescue inhaler?
  • How are you monitoring your asthma symptoms? Are you using a peak flow meter?
  • Are you taking your asthma medications as directed?
  • Is your asthma negatively impacting your quality of life, such as your ability to perform activities or enjoy restful sleep?
  • How often do you have breathing difficulties, such as wheezing, chest tightness or coughing? Frequently, occasionally, or rarely? Do these symptoms interrupt your sleep?
  • For how long have you been having difficulty with your breathing?
  • Do you notice anything that triggers your symptoms and makes them worse?
  • Do you have allergies? If yes, what are you allergic to?
  • Do allergies or asthma run in your family?
  • Describe your home environment. Do you have pets? Are there smokers in the house?
  • How well is your asthma medicine controlling your symptoms? Do you feel it is effective?
  • How satisfied are you with your asthma treatment plan and asthma control?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have asthma?
  • Could my symptoms be caused by another medical condition?
  • What medications are available to improve my breathing symptoms?
  • What should I do if my breathing symptoms get worse?
  • Are there lifestyle changes I can make to improve my symptoms, such as exercise or changing my environment?
  • What are the best asthma treatment options for me?
  • What should I do if my asthma symptoms get worse?
  • How would you categorize my asthma: mild, moderate or severe?
  • How will I know if my treatment plan is working well or if it needs to be changed?
  • Are there specific activities or triggers I should avoid?
  • How often do I need to make appointments for follow-up? What are you looking for when I have follow-up appointments?
  • Are there other medications that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Do my new or different symptoms indicate that my asthma is getting worse?
  • Can I get better results from different asthma treatments?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Jul 17
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