Asthma in Teens and Adults (cont.)
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When to Call a Doctor
If you have been diagnosed with asthma and have an asthma action plan, do the following:
Call your doctor immediately if you:
Call your doctor if you:
If you have not been diagnosed with asthma but have mild asthma symptoms, call your doctor and make an appointment for an evaluation.
If your teenager has symptoms of asthma, it is important to see a doctor. A large portion of teens with frequent wheezing may have asthma but are not diagnosed with the disease. Teens who have asthma but are less likely to be diagnosed are most often:18
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting may be appropriate if you follow your asthma action plan and stay within the green zone. Watch your symptoms and continue to avoid your asthma triggers.
If you have been getting treatment for 1 to 3 months but are not improving, ask your doctor whether you need to see an asthma specialist.
Who to see
Doctors who can diagnose and treat asthma include:
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