Doctor Conversation Guide

Not sure what to say or ask when talking about allergic asthma with your doctor? Knowing some tips may help you feel confident about discussing the treatment and care you may need. This guide may help. It covers certain things your doctor may need to hear from you, like how you’re managing your asthma symptoms. Download this guide

Know the Basics

Around 60% of people with asthma have allergic asthma. Here are more key facts to keep in mind:
  • Allergic asthma is caused by triggers like dust, pet dander, or cockroaches
  • Staying away from these allergens for fear of an asthma attack may be a sign of allergic asthma
  • A skin or blood test may be performed by your doctor to see if you have allergic asthma

Prepare to Share

Your doctor will probably ask you lots of questions. You may want to take a few minutes to come up with answers or details you want to share ahead of time:
  • If allergens like dust, pet dander, or cockroaches are present when your asthma symptoms start, it may mean your asthma is triggered by these allergens and it’s a good idea to mention this
  • Write down your symptoms and triggers for a week or two—look for patterns leading up to an increase in asthma symptoms or asthma attacks
  • Include anything you may do to stay away from asthma triggers, like not visiting certain friends or family members who have pets
  • Be open and honest—don’t leave anything out

Ask Questions

The best way to make sure you get the answers you’re looking for is to have a list of questions to ask. You may want to start with these and add your own:
  • How do I know if my asthma is not under control?
  • How do I know if my asthma may be triggered by allergens?
  • Do I need to be tested for allergic asthma?
  • Why do some people with asthma get an IgE test?
  • What suggestions can you offer to help keep my asthma controlled?
  • In addition to staying away from allergens, what more can I do to reduce my risk of asthma attacks?

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