Different Types Of Doctors

Different Types Of Asthma Doctors

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 There are a number of different types of health care providers that can care for your asthma. The providers range from an advanced practice nurse to a subspecialty physician. Some will primarily focus on asthma while for others, asthma will be just one of the many diseases they see in a day. Learn about the different types of of asthma health care providers and what you need to know about each.

Primary Care Or Specialty Care?

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The first decision you need to make is whether or not you need a subspecialist or a primary care physician.

As a primary care physician I am a little biased, but I think every adult and child needs a primary care MD. The reality is that most patients will see a primary care physician before seeing a specialist, but this is not always the case.

Your primary care doctor is the general or leader of your personal healthcare team. Your primary care doctor, physician, or advanced practice nurse will likely provide a specialty specialty referral if you need to see an allergist and a pulmonologist. Your primary care doctor should also coordinate the care between specialists when needed. Your primary care doctor can also help you understand and make decisions if you get different recommendations from your specialty consultations.

Primary care doctors, however, come in several different flavors.

What Is A Pediatrician?


Pediatricians are known as “baby doctors” or “doctors for kids.” They are a primary care physician that follows your child’s asthma and helps get their asthma symptoms under control.

Primary care pediatricians spend 3 years in training after medical school and must pass an exam sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) to become board certified. Asthma is a common condition treated in the pediatrician's office as well as the classic asthma symptoms such as:

What Is An Internist?


Internists, on the other hand, are "doctors for adults." Like the pediatrician, they will often care for a number of different diseases besides asthma. They may provide care in the hospital, clinic or both inpatient and outpatient.

After successfully completing medical school, an internal medicine doctor completes a general medical training program in internal medicine over 3 years and then must pass a certification exam sponsored by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)to become board certified.

What Is A Family Medicine Doctor?

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 Family medicine doctors provide comprehensive primary care for patients of all ages. Like Med Peds physicians they can care for patients from birth to death.

After medical school, family medicine doctor complete a 3 year training program and then must pass an exam sponsored by the American Board of Family Medicine.

What Is An Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics or Med Peds Doctor

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A Med-Peds physician specializes in both adult internal medicine and general pediatrics. I am a little biased because this is my specialty.

Most Med Peds physicians care for adults, children, and infants across the life spectrum. This is not a separate specialty. Rather, these physicians are dually certified by both the ABP and ABIM.

Does Subspecialty Care Matter

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Does subspecialty care matter?

The answer will probably depend on who you ask. Some research evidence demonstrates that there are small but measurable differences. If you fit into any of the previously mentioned scenarios or just want a specialist’s opinion, you should discuss a referral with your pediatrician.

Specialist for asthma include allergists or pulmonologists. Pulmonologists are specialist in respiratory and lung problems while allergists deal with problems associated with allergy and immunology. Asthma fits into both of these categories.

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