10 things to ask your doctor

  • GP talkNever be afraid of asking your doctor lots of questions. It’s the best way to learn about managing asthma. Write a list of questions before you see your doctor, or print the list below and take it to your next appointment.

    Ten things to ask your doctor
    1. How can I tell if my asthma is well managed - and if it's not?
    2. Can I identify the triggers that make my asthma worse?
    3. Can I do anything about my triggers?
    4. If exercise sets off my asthma, how can I still keep active?
    5. What medication and device do I need, and why?
    6. How do I use my medications and devices?
    7. When do I need to take my medication - every day/some days?
    8. Do I need my medication if I am feeling well?
    9. Can I have a written asthma action plan?
    10. When should I see you again?
    Ten things to tell your Doctor

    Tell your doctor as much as you can about your asthma or your child’s asthma, so that you and the doctor can discuss and agree on the best and most appropriate treatment.

    Key things to discuss with your doctor include:

    1. If you are coughing, wheezing or breathless day or night.
    2. If you struggle to keep up with normal activity.
    3. Anything that seems to trigger/make your asthma worse.
    4. What you do about your triggers and whether this helps.
    5. How often you take your blue reliever puffer.
    6. How often you take your preventer medication.
    7. How you use your medication device.
    8. If you are using any other medications or complementary (non-medical) therapies.
    9. You would like a written asthma action plan.
    10. You would like a regular asthma review.
    Find a doctor you are comfortable with and trust

    It is important that you find a doctor who can help you by explaining how you should manage your or your child’s asthma and who can answer your questions. If you are not happy with your doctor, ask friends if they have someone they could recommend.

    Once you find a doctor you are comfortable with, stick with them. The better they know you and your history, the more they will be able to help you manage your health and meet your needs.

    See also How to find a doctor.

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