Adult-Onset Asthma Directory
Adult-onset asthma occurs when asthma symptoms appear in adults over 20. It could be associated with allergies or could be triggered by environmental factors at work or home. Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and more. Risk factors include a family history of asthma or allergies, smoking in your home, and living in urban areas. Asthma treatments usually include anti-inflammatory medications such as inhaled steroids and bronchodilators. Many use inhalers or nebulizers to take their medications. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how adult-onset asthma is caused, how to treat it, and much more.
Asthma in Teens and Adults-Exams and Tests
A diagnosis of asthma is based on your medical history, a physical exam, and lung function tests. If you developed asthma in adulthood, your health professional will ask about your job to determine whether you have occupational asthma.Lung function tests can diagnose asthma, determine its severity, and check for complications.Spirometry is the most common test used to diagnose asthma. It measures
Asthma in Teens and Adults-Other Treatment
Allergy shots (immunotherapy) are used for people who have asthma symptoms when they are around substances to which they are allergic (allergens). Allergy shots have been shown to reduce asthma symptoms and the need for medications in some people.17 For more information, see:Should I take allergy shots (immunotherapy) for allergic asthma?Allergy shots are similar to vaccinations because they ...
Asthma in Teens and Adults-Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I take allergy shots (immunotherapy) for allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. How to measure peak expiratory flow ...
Asthma in Teens and Adults-Treatment Overview
Although asthma cannot be cured, you can manage the symptoms with medications, especially inhaled corticosteroids and beta2 - agonists. You usually work with your health professional to develop a management plan consisting of a daily treatment plan and an asthma action plan. These plans help you meet treatment goals:Minimize long - term lung damage by treating the underlying inflammation to the ..
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Asthma
Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening lung condition. Learn about asthma symptoms and treatment options, as well as what causes asthma and what can trigger an asthma attack.
Slideshow: Rate Your Asthma Symptoms
Are your asthma symptoms serious? Rate and track your asthma symptoms here for better asthma control.
Slideshow: 10 Worst Cities for Asthma
If you have asthma, some cities are harder places to live in than others. Here are the Top 10 “Asthma Capitals” for 2015, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.