May have a history of smoking or have long-term
respiratory diseases, such as
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which
can make it hard to diagnose asthma.
Often have one or
more other health conditions that can make asthma symptoms worse and complicate
heart failure. Some conditions, such as
osteoporosis, can become worse when you use asthma
medicines. Your doctor may prescribe asthma medicines that
avoid making other medical problems worse and that interact the least with
other medicines you may be taking.
May have difficulty performing
lung function tests, which can make diagnosis and treatment more difficult. If
you have trouble using a
peak flow meter, it may be hard to know when
lung function is decreasing. This can lead to delays in getting treatment and
to undertreatment of the condition.
May be more likely to have side
effects from asthma medicines or may be at risk for reactions between
medicines they are taking.
May have trouble using
May not always remember to take their
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