Doctors Who Treat Asthma
There are a number of different doctors who can
help diagnose and treat your asthma, depending on your age and general health.
You will likely want to start with your primary care doctor. They can refer you
to a specialist if necessary.
Family Practice Physician
If you are experiencing any asthma-like symptoms, start by
making an appointment with your primary healthcare provider. Your doctor can
obtain all the necessary background medical information and advise you on your
If it’s your child who has the symptoms, you should see their
pediatrician. A pediatrician is an internist with special training in caring
for children. Once your child has been checked out for other possible causes
for the symptoms, your pediatrician can refer you to a specialist for specific
testing and treatment.
You may be referred to a pulmonologist. This is a specialist
who has training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lung and
respiratory illnesses. A pulmonologist can treat asthma and other breathing
conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia,
An allergist is a pediatrician or internist who has
undergone additional training in issues of the immune system. Often, asthma is
the result of an unusual or overly intense response to normally harmless
compounds. An allergist or immunologist can evaluate your symptoms, perform
diagnostic testing, and determine whether your immune system is the source of
Respiratory therapists are specially trained professionals
who treat airway and breathing problems caused by asthma and other disorders.
They can guide you through breathing treatments and exercises to help restore your
Questions for Your
A little preparation before your appointment can help you
make the most of your time with the doctor. Be prepared to answer questions
about your personal medical history, family history, and details about your
asthma symptoms. Write down all the details you can before your appointment so
the information will be on hand when you need it.
Here are some sample questions you may want to pose to the
- How do I know if I have asthma or just an
- Do I need allergy testing before you can treat
my asthma symptoms?
- Will I have to take shots? Or use an inhaler?
- What is the medicine used in inhalers? What are
the side effects?
- Can I do anything to prevent my asthma attacks?