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.
WebMD explains the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of adult-onset asthma.
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
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 ...
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