Asthma is a chronic illness, meaning this condition is recurring and long lasting. Every year, a significant number of deaths occur in the United States as a result of asthma, and more than 500,000 Americans are hospitalized with severe symptoms. At the very least, an asthmatic person may feel miserable if an asthma attack is left untreated; while the very worst outcome may lead to hospitalization for a severe asthma attack.
Choosing a doctor with whom you are comfortable plays a significant role in your health care. Asthma sufferers will have a lot more considerations to think about when choosing a doctor. However, it has to be noted, that about 90 percent of children and 50 percent of adults who suffer from asthma, have asthma that is triggered by some underlying allergy. Identifying and learning to control these allergies, and allergens, can lead to better control of asthma.
When asthma becomes severe, it is not advisable to allow a general practitioner or any other physician to handle the matter. Instead, you should look for an asthma specialist to address this issue. A pulmonologist/ allergist who has specialized knowledge of pulmonary (lung) conditions is the type of asthma specialist you want to choose to treat your condition.
In order to locate the best specialist for your condition you can seek referrals from your regular doctor or search the Internet. Besides personal and professional recommendations, other things to consider when choosing a doctor include:
- Is the doctor is a good communicator or not? The doctor should listen carefully, answer your questions to your satisfaction, and explain things clearly.
- See if the recommended specialist has the proper credentials.