Diagnosis and Treatment
Diagnosing asthma can be difficult. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and are often similar to those of other conditions. In order to rule out other possible conditions, your doctor will do a physical exam and ask you questions about your symptoms and other health problems. You may also be given lung (pulmonary) function tests to determine how much air moves in and out as you breathe.
Asthma cannot be cured. However, by eliminating asthma triggers and taking asthma medication, you may be able to reduce the frequency of your asthma attacks. Treatment varies from person to person so it is important to work with your doctor to manage your asthma.
Managing Your Asthma
- A diagnostic test can determine what triggers your asthma. Ask your doctor if a diagnostic test is right for you.
- See a doctor regularly about your asthma as asthma symptoms and triggers may change over time. Different medicines may be needed to help keep you healthy.
- Learn more about asthma and educate family members and those who care for your children with asthma.
- Take your asthma medication as prescribed, even when you feel well.
- Adults with asthma are seven times more likely than adults without asthma to develop pneumonia. Get an annual flu vaccination and beginning at age 60, get vaccinated for pneumonia. For more information about immunizations, visit the Southern Nevada Health District Immunizations webpage.