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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. Asthma and Vocal Cord Problems - Topic Overview

    Vocal cord dysfunction is the uncontrolled closing of the vocal cords when you breathe in. The symptoms can seem to be the same as those of asthma and may occur alone or along with asthma. If you have asthma and vocal cord dysfunction,it may be difficult for you to tell the difference between symptoms of the two conditions. Sometimes vocal cord dysfunction happens quickly and may require a ...

  3. Asthma: Symptoms of Difficulty Breathing - Topic Overview

    It is important to know the symptoms of difficulty breathing in asthma. If you or your child is having trouble breathing,follow your asthma action plan. Mild difficulty breathing You are having mild difficulty breathing if: Your breathing is slightly faster than normal. Your skin color is normal. Moderate difficulty breathing Symptoms of moderate difficulty breathing include: Obviously ...

  4. 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 ...

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

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

  6. Asthma in Older Adults: Managing Treatment - Topic Overview

    Diagnosis and treatment of asthma can be a challenge if you are age 65 or older. You might have another medical condition that masks your asthma. Or you may be more likely to have side effects from asthma medicines or be at risk for reactions from the different medicines you may be taking.To treat your asthma, you and your doctor should work closely together, especially if you: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.Have one or more other health conditions that can make asthma symptoms worse and complicate treatment, including sinusitis, heartburn, or 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.Have trouble performing lung function tests, which can make

  7. Assessing Your Asthma Knowledge - Topic Overview

    Understanding asthma can help you control your symptoms and reduce your risk of asthma attacks. The following statements summarize what you should know about asthma. If you do not know,or are not sure,about any of them,talk to your doctor. The more you understand about asthma,the better you will be able to follow your management plan and lead a full life. Statement Yes,I do No,I don't ...

  8. Asthma: How to Overcome Treatment Obstacles - Topic Overview

    Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that may last throughout your life-you must treat it long term. But following a management plan can be difficult over a long period of time. Here are some reasons you may not follow your management plan. Possible solutions are listed too. Asthma management plan problems Reasons you might not follow plan Possible solutions You may not fully understand ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Asthma Treatment Goals - Topic Overview

    The American Academy of Allergy,Asthma,and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy,Asthma,and Immunology (ACAAI) have developed guidelines for getting asthma under control. They list the goals of asthma treatment as: 1 Preventing long-term (chronic) symptoms that interfere with daily living,such as coughing or shortness of breath during the night or after exercise. ...

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