You're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in asthma (an allergist-immunologist or pulmonologist).
Be prepared to answer the following questions:
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- What symptoms have you experienced?
- Do they start immediately when you start exercising, sometime during a workout or after?
- How long do the symptoms last?
- Do you experience breathing difficulties when you're not exercising?
- What are your typical workouts or recreational activities?
- Have you recently made changes to your exercise routine?
- Do the symptoms occur every time you exercise or only in certain environments?
- Have you been diagnosed with allergies or asthma?
- What other medical conditions do you have?
- What medications do you take? What is the dosage of each medication?
- What dietary supplements or herbal medications do you take?
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