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Old 05-31-2005, 08:52 PM   #1
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Must asthmatics see an allergist or a pulmonologist?

I don't know much about how the doctors who have NOT specialized in asthma treatment treat asthma. Do you know any doctor who has not specialized in asthma treatment but can treat asthma?
Seeing an allergist or a pulmonologist is a must for asthmatics?

 
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Re: Must asthmatics see an allergist or a pulmonologist?

Your GP may be abel to do it. But I go to an allergist. However, if I'm at my GP for something else, and I was having some asthma issue, I'd bring it up to him first, instead of going all the way to my allergist, if it wasn't needed.

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Old 05-31-2005, 11:40 PM   #3
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Re: Must asthmatics see an allergist or a pulmonologist?

Thank you for your reply.
Is there any annoying allergist or pulmologist, who, for example, lacks the basic knowledge of asthma treatment or hasn't developed communication skills?
Can a good GP treat asthma better than poor allergists or pulmologists?

 
Old 06-01-2005, 03:52 AM   #4
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Re: Must asthmatics see an allergist or a pulmonologist?

All the studies indicate that asthmatics have better asthma outcomes when their asthma is treated by a specialist in asthma. GPs and Family docs generally don't have the training, etc. That doesn't mean their aren't GPs and Family docs out there who aren't competent to treat asthma, but by and large anyone with moderate or severe persistent asthma should see a specialist.

 
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Re: Must asthmatics see an allergist or a pulmonologist?

I saw an allergist once. She did the testing and upped my meds, and I haven't seen her since. My GP does a pretty good job handling everything. I mostly don't want another doctor to deal with.

I have heard you should see a specialist if you're not controlled (ie, using a lot of relief meds), if you have another condition complicating it (GERD), or if you have a lot of allergies.

 
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Re: Must asthmatics see an allergist or a pulmonologist?

I see an immunologist at an allergy and pulmonology clinic for my allergies and asthma.
They are both immune system problems.

 
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Re: Must asthmatics see an allergist or a pulmonologist?

I see an allergist that specializes in asthma but also consult my GP from time to time.
Asthma and allergies are auto-immune diseases. I know that word "disease" is used a lot nowdays, so disorder might be more appropriate. In some people they are chronic. So to really address the problem you need to get to the root as to why your immune system is out of balance.

 
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Re: Must asthmatics see an allergist or a pulmonologist?

I would think that if you like your pcp best, & he/she is willing to treat your asthma, why not try letting them treat it & see how you do? Especially if you don't have really severe or difficult to control asthma. I see an allergist for mine, but my asthma is kind of atypical & was really hard to get under control for a long time. Also it is highly triggered by my allergies, & he treats those for me (I am now taking shots for the allergies). I have an excellent relationship with him, & know that I can get in to see him at the drop of hat when my asthma flares up. My pcp hasn't shown any indication of wanting to treat my asthma anyway, & I feel I have a better relationship with my allergist. I think that whoever works best with you would be the one to select.

 
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