While you may initially consult your family doctor, he or she may refer you to a pulmonologist — a doctor who specializes in lung disorders.
What you can do
You may want to write a list that includes:
- Detailed descriptions of your symptoms, including when they began and if anything seems to make them worse or better
- Detailed list of all jobs and exposures that may have accompanied these occupational activities
- Information about medical problems you've had and their treatments
- Information about the medical problems of your parents or siblings
- All the medications and dietary supplements you take or have taken in the last few years?
- Questions you want to ask the doctor
What to expect from your doctor
A thorough medical history and physical exam can provide important clues about what might be causing your symptoms. Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:
- Do you now or have you ever smoked tobacco?
- What types of jobs or hobbies have you had?
- How does the severity of your breathing symptoms relate to your work or hobby schedules?
- Do you have a hot tub or humidifier at home?
- Are you ever around pigeons or pet birds?