You or your child being diagnosed with asthma may have come as a surprise, or may have simply confirmed your suspicions. While no one welcomes a diagnosis of asthma, education is the first step in preventing serious problems.

One of the first things your doctor will do after diagnosing asthma is to provide you with medications that will be necessary to keep your asthma under control.  Be sure to understand what the medication does and ask about any side effects.

Next, the nurse or doctor should show you how to properly use the medication, especially in regards to inhalers. Incorrect usage of inhalers can cause the medication to be ineffective.

Your medical provider should also help you create an asthma action plan so that you clearly know how to prevent attacks, and when to seek emergency medical treatment.

Last, your doctor should make an appointment for a follow up asthma review. It is very important that you make these scheduled follow up appointments so that adjustments to medications and action plans can be made.

Always contact your provider at Atlanta ENT if you feel that your symptoms are worsening, have questions about your medication, or find that your medication seems to be losing effectiveness. You must be proactive with your asthma care to prevent attacks and stay on top of the diagnosis.

Ramie Tritt, M.D., President, Atlanta ENT