In AAFA's Asthma Capitals Report, we looked at eight risk factors that can affect asthma rates: poverty, lack of health insurance, poor air quality, pollen counts, long-term control medicine use, quick-relief medicine use, smoking laws and access to specialists.
One of the most important parts of managing asthma is working with a health care team. Together, you can create an asthma plan to keep your asthma under control. If you have asthma, you might need to see a specialist. Pulmonologists, allergists and immunologists can offer special care for people with asthma. They often have more experience treating patients with asthma than a primary care physician.
Access to appropriate medical care is dependent upon different factors, including socioeconomic status, insurance status and availability of specialists in nearby locations. The lack of availability of nearby asthma specialists may be associated with poor asthma outcomes.
Living in an area where there are fewer specialists can mean traveling long distances for care. This can be a burden on personal finances and time, especially when frequent trips are needed. And it may take months to get an appointment.