Preparing for Your Appointment

After you make an appointment for severe persistent asthma diagnosis and treatment, there are some steps you can take to make your visit a smooth one.

  • Write down all symptoms, including any other signs in the body unrelated to purpose of visit.
  • Note the duration, specific time or triggering factors of your symptoms.
  • Write down key personal information, including any stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements that you are taking. Include the dosage as well.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Severe Persistent Asthma

It’s important to write down any questions you have for the doctor about persistent asthma, so you don’t forget to discuss your concerns. This list of common questions about the condition can help you get started.

Questions About My Diagnosis

  • What tests do I need for diagnosis?
  • Why have I developed severe persistent asthma?
  • What is the cause of severe asthma? What are the signs of an emergency?

Questions About My Treatment

  • Is severe persistent asthma treatable?
  • Do I have to be on steroids for rest of my life?
  • How do I use an inhaler?
  • What are the medications that I have to avoid?
  • What are the side effects of the medications I’m prescribed? How can I avoid those side effects?
  • What are the medications that I have to carry with me all the time?

Questions About My Lifestyle and Family

  • Are there certain places or foods that need to be avoided?
  • Are there lifestyle habits I can change to get some asthma relief and reduce my risk of an asthma attack?
  • Is asthma hereditary? Can I pass it to my children?
  • Will severe asthma symptoms affect my family and work?
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