The doctor will ask about your symptoms and past health. A physical exam will be done.
A spirometry test will be done to measure how much air is breathed in and out. It can also find out the amount and rate of air that can pass through airways.
An asthma action plan will made. The goal of the plan is to lower the risk of asthma attacks. A second goal is to manage attacks and ease breathing. Medicine and lifestyle changes will be a part of the plan.
Some medicine, called long term, is taken on a regular basis. It can stop asthma tacks from starting. They cannot treat asthma attacks once the attack starts. Not everyone with asthma will need this type of medicine. Long term medicines are:
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