Your asthma checkup
In the beginning of your asthma treatment, your doctor may want to see you often. Once your asthma is under control, the visits may decrease to twice a year.
The frequency of your visits will depend on a number of factors, such as changes in your medications and how controlled your condition is.
Keep in mind that your asthma can change over time. Regular doctor visits will help ensure that you make adjustments in your treatment if necessary.
In the doctor’s office, you will likely be asked about:
- Your daily activities
- Whether you’ve had symptoms or an asthma attack since your last visit
- Whether your symptoms or peak flow meter readings have changed
- Whether you have concerns or problems with your medications
- How closely you are following your asthma action plan.
Your doctor will likely review your peak flow readings if you’ve been told to track them. Tell your doctor:
- If your symptoms are getting worse
- What you believe triggers your asthma
- If you need help learning to take your medicines correctly — the right way to use your inhaler, for example
- If the drugs are causing unpleasant side effects
- If exercise makes your asthma worse or if asthma limits your activities in any way
- If you have other conditions that can make asthma harder to manage (for example, stress, runny nose, sinus infections, sleep apnea or reflux disease)
- If you smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke or other irritants
Have your doctor review your asthma action plan to see how it is working for monitoring and managing your symptoms. He or she may change which medications you take or alter the dosage.
You may be able to take less medicine if your asthma is well controlled. Your doctor can help you stay active, too.
You and your doctor can manage your asthma effectively. To feel your best, it’s important you remain actively involved in your asthma treatment. Seeing your health care provider on a regular basis can help you stay healthy.