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When should I see a specialist about my asthma?

If your primary doctor has not been able to adequately control your asthma, you might want to consider seeing a specialist -- such as an allergist or immunologist. An allergist or immunologist specializes in treating not only allergies but also asthma and any other condition that is related to the immune system. These specialists have completed an additional 2 years of training in allergies and immunology and may be able to provide more specific advice on avoiding your allergens and treating your symptoms.

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You should see a specialist about your asthma, known as a pulmonologist, in any of the following situations:
  • Extra diagnostic testing is needed.
  • You require several controller medications.
  • You are not meeting goals of therapy in an allotted amount of time.
  • You have had several exacerbations in a certain time period.

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