When and why to see an asthma specialist
When to Consult an Asthma Specialist
- Frequent breathing difficulty or coughing that interferes with daily activities
- Breathing problems are interfering with your quality of life (exercise, sleep, ability to be comfortable, missing school or work)
- You or your child exhibits the warning signs of asthma (e.g. chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing and/or wheezing, especially after exercise, with colds, in the cold air, or during the night)
- History of frequent episodes of bronchitis, “croup," wheezing, chest congestion, pneumonia or pneumonitis
Why See an Asthma Specialist?
- Allergists and Pulmonologists are asthma specialists.
- Allergists are environmental specialists who are specifically trained to know how allergens and pollutants play a role in asthmatic symptoms.
- Asthma is the primary pulmonary disease treated by an allergist while pulmonologists treat many different pulmonary diseases, including asthma.
- Asthma specialists have an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of asthma.
- Asthma specialists are well versed in asthma education.
- Asthma specialists provide regular, thorough follow-up visits and are experts in asthma medications.
- Allergists can provide allergy shots to reduce sensitivity to allergens in the environment which can contribute to ongoing asthma.