If your primary care doctor is able to control and manage your asthma, you may not need to see a specialist. However, you may need a specialist if you:

  • Have life-threatening asthma attacks
  • Have been hospitalized for asthma attacks
  • Are having unusual asthma symptoms
  • Have additional health problems
  • Have poor asthma control despite months of treatment

If you have severe asthma, your doctor may refer you to one of these specialists:

  • Allergist (also called an allergist/immunologist): A doctor who specializes in caring for people with allergies, asthma and allergic asthma
  • Pulmonologist: A doctor who specializes in caring for people with respiratory diseases
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation therapist: A nurse or respiratory therapist who can provide additional support and information about healthy living with asthma.