1. Health

Do I Have Asthma? What Do I Do Now?

By

Wondering whether you have asthma--or if your child does--can be really scary. Learn about the symptoms of asthma and other problems that cause similar symptoms but may not be asthma. Read about common tests and what to expect if your doctor orders them. If you do have asthma, it's important to learn how to get it under control. Understanding the different types of asthma can help you do that.
  1. Asthma Types
  2. Asthma Symptoms: Is It Asthma?
  3. Asthma Diagnosis
  4. Asthma Control & Monitoring
  5. Working With Your Doctor

Asthma Types

Did you know that there are several different types of asthma? Understanding what type of asthma you have may help you prevent asthma symptoms and take more effective steps to treat your asthma.

Asthma Symptoms: Is It Asthma?

"Not all that wheezes is asthma" is a common adage taught to doctors in training. That said, most patients who have typical signs and symptoms of asthma do not have some rare or uncommon disease. Learn about the common symptoms of asthma and some of the not-so-common diseases that may mimic asthma.

Asthma Diagnosis

Diagnosing asthma is not always easy. Learn about common tests your doctor may perform to help diagnose asthma.

Asthma Control & Monitoring

Monitoring Asthma Symptoms

In order to monitor your asthma, you need to track and record all your asthma symptoms on a regular basis. Monitoring asthma is an important part of your overall asthma plan. In business, there is an adage that "that which cannot be measured cannot be changed." Your asthma is no different, and monitoring asthma symptoms is a very important part of your overall asthma action plan.

Working With Your Doctor

While you need to learn as much as you can about asthma, your doctor needs to be your partner. Learn how to improve communication with your doctor and ask your doctor about getting more information.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.