Preparing for Your Appointment

After you make your appointment with a healthcare provider, take the following steps to help the doctor better determine if you have asthma or another condition:

  • Write down your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment.
  • Note when your symptoms occur. For example, if your symptoms tend to get worse at certain times of the day; during certain seasons; or when you're exposed to cold air, pollen or other triggers, highlight it.
  • Write down key personal information, including any major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements that you're taking. Include the dosage for each.
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