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When to See an Allergist About Your Asthma

An allergist can help you learn more about your asthma and develop a treatment plan that works for you.

The Guidelines say that you should see an asthma specialist if you:

  • have asthma symptoms every day and often at night that cause you to limit your activity
  • have had a life-threatening asthma attack
  • do not meet the goals of your asthma treatment after three to six months, or your doctor believes you are not responding to current treatment
  • have symptoms that are unusual or hard to diagnose
  • have conditions such as severe hay fever or sinusitis that complicate your asthma or your diagnosis
  • need more tests to find out more about your asthma and the causes of your symptoms
  • need more help and instruction on your treatment plan, medicines or asthma triggers
  • might be helped by allergy shots
  • need oral corticosteroid therapy or high-dose inhaled corticosteroids
  • have taken oral corticosteroids more than twice in one year
  • have stayed in a hospital because of your asthma
  • need help to identify your asthma triggers

An asthma specialist is recommended for children ages 0-4 who have asthma symptoms every day and three to four nights or more a month, and should be considered for children who have symptoms three days or more a week and one to two nights a month.

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