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  1. Challenge Tests for Asthma - Topic Overview

    Exercise challenge and inhalation challenge tests are sometimes used to diagnose asthma and workplace asthma (occupational asthma). Exercise challenge test In an exercise challenge test,spirometry is done before and after you exercise on a treadmill or an exercise bicycle. Spirometry measures how much and how quickly you can breathe air in and out. An exercise challenge test can see what ...

  2. Topic Overview

    The severity of asthma can vary,and asthma often requires changes in your treatment to control it. To ensure that you are getting the proper treatment,you have to continuously monitor and evaluate the disease and communicate with your doctor. Symptoms Know the symptoms of poorly controlled asthma-wheezing,cough,chest tightness,or shortness of breath. Having a written record of what to do ...

  3. 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

  4. Topic Overview

    Omalizumab (Xolair) is a medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in people age 12 and older with moderate or severe persistent asthma. It should be used only after first-line treatments (such as corticosteroids and long-acting beta2-agonists) have failed. Omalizumab is much more expensive than any of the conventional treatments for asthma,and its role in ...

  5. Physical Exam for Asthma - Topic Overview

    Asthma usually is diagnosed based on your history of symptoms,a physical exam,lung function tests,and laboratory tests. Unless you are having symptoms,the physical exam will not show signs of asthma. Your doctor will examine your nose,mouth,throat,and sinuses ( upper respiratory system ); ears; chest; and skin. Your doctor will also: Examine your nose for signs of increased nasal ...

  6. Asthma: Overcoming Obstacles to Taking Medicines - Topic Overview

    Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that may last throughout your life-you must treat it long term. Taking medicines and following a management plan can be difficult over a long period of time. Taking daily medicines is often one of the hardest things to do. Here is a list of reasons people may not take medicines. Some possible solutions are listed too. Reasons people may not take ...

  7. Leukotriene Pathway Modifiers for Long-Term Control of Asthma

    Drug details for Leukotriene pathway modifiers for long-term control of asthma.

  8. Medical History for Asthma - Topic Overview

    Asthma usually is diagnosed based on the history of symptoms,a physical exam,lung function tests,and laboratory tests. The medical history is especially important if you or your child does not have symptoms at the time of the visit. Your doctor will probably ask whether you or your child: Has sudden severe episodes or recurrent episodes of coughing,wheezing,or shortness of breath,and how ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Asthma in Teens and Adults - Prevention

    Although there is no certain way to prevent asthma, you can take steps to reduce airway inflammation and the likelihood of asthma attacks.The evidence concerning breast - feeding and the risk of a child developing asthma is conflicting. One study has found that feeding an infant breast milk exclusively in the first 9 months of life may reduce the child's risk of developing asthma.8 However, other

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