8 Tips to Get the Best Allergy & Asthma Care
8 tips to get the best allergy and asthma care
Getting the best possible care is essential to your health. Follow these simple tips to ensure you receive the best allergy and asthma care possible:
1. Become empowered. Educate yourself about your health by reading books and doing Internet research. Be careful to recognize that some books may be outdated and information on the internet may be misleading or emphasize the dramatic depending on the source. Ask your doctor for a list of reliable web sites. In general, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (www.acaai.org) and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (www.aaai.org) have excellent patient resources.
2. Be assertive, not aggressive. Oversee your health by asking about different options, but don’t be overbearing by viewing your doctor as the adversary. We are here to help you.
3. Be prepared by bringing a list of questions you’d like to ask. Prioritize your questions, with your most important being first, as there may not be time to get through all of them at one visit.
4. Know what medications you are on and the doses of those medications. Bring all of your medications to your appointment. Some medications interfere with allergy skin testing and would need to be discontinued several days before skin testing is done.
5. Embrace support staff. Don’t hesitate to interact with our medical assistant. Our medical assistant is a trained professional who can answer many of your health care questions.
6. Speak up. Ask for clarification if you are unsure about something. Sometimes it can be helpful to repeat aloud what your doctor says. It can put everyone on the same page and increases the likelihood you’ll retain the information.
7. Bring an extra set of ears. Have a loved one tag along to your appointments to ask questions and take notes. If you have young children (who are not the patient) try to find child care, so you can be attentive to the discussions about your health without distractions.
8. Give feedback. Share your experiences. Let us know what works well and what needs improvement. The only way we can fix something is if we know there is a problem. We appreciate your feedback!
This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional.