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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Asthma

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    If you were recently diagnosed with asthma, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.

    1. What is asthma?

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    What Is Asthma?

    Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. With asthma, there is inflammation of the air passages that results in a temporary narrowing of the airways that carry oxygen to the lungs. This results in asthma symptoms, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. If it is severe, asthma can result in decreased activity and inability to talk. Some people refer to asthma as "bronchial asthma." Even though there are seemingly miraculous treatments...

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    2. What are the causes of asthma?

    3. Are there things I can change in my life to reduce my risk of an asthma attack?

    4. What kinds of tests will I need to monitor my asthma?

    5. How do I use an asthma inhaler?

    6. Are there some alternative therapies I can use along with my asthma medications?

    7. Is it safe to exercise with asthma?

    8. Why do I need an asthma action plan?

    9. Does stress trigger asthma?

    10. Are you aware of any asthma support groups?

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    Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on March 25, 2014
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