Just Diagnosed with Asthma? What You Need Now

13 ways to stay in control and keep attacks at bay (14 Photos)

Laura Flynn McCarthy on Oct 11, 2010 at 3:29PM

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Just Diagnosed with Asthma? What You Need Now

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For about 95 percent of people who have it, asthma is a controllable, manageable illness—starting with the guidance of a pulmonologist, allergist or other doctor who specializes in treating asthma and who can design a treatment plan that you can then implement with your regular doctor, says Norman Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer at the American Lung Association. “A specialist can also identify other conditions that may impact your asthma, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sinusitis or allergies.” Your primary doctor or your health insurance company can recommend a specialist, or type in your Zip code at the physician referral directory on the website of the American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI).

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