How to Prepare for Your Spirometry Test

How to Prepare for Your Spirometry Test

If you need a spirometry test, your doctor wants to see how much air you have in your lungs and how quickly it flows. These measurements help evaluate lung function, which can identify:

While spirometry can provide so much information, the test usually takes 15-30 minutes and is completely painless. After having a spirometry test, you can typically resume normal activities immediately.

Our Advanced Allergy & Asthma team performs spirometry tests regularly at each of our locations in Ogden, Utah. They shared these insights into the testing process and the steps you should take to prepare for your evaluation.

What to expect during a spirometry test

Before starting your test, we place soft clips on your nose to close your nostrils. This ensures you only breathe through your mouth once your assessment begins.

To perform your test, we ask you to take a deep breath and blow into a tube as hard and fast as possible. This tube connects to the spirometer, which measures your lung function. We usually repeat this process three times to guarantee consistent and accurate results. 

Sometimes, we also have you take medication to open your airways and then take measurements again to evaluate your response to treatment.

After reviewing your test results, your provider discusses what they mean and how you should move forward. For example, they could prescribe inhalers or other medications that improve lung function. They could also suggest additional tests to confirm a diagnosis or screen you for other diseases that can worsen breathing symptoms, like allergies and sinusitis.

How to prepare for your spirometry test

Spirometry tests are safe and risk-free, but they can make you lightheaded, tired, or cough. These reactions usually fade quickly when you finish your test, but you can increase your comfort during your evaluation by taking the proper steps.

If you need a spirometry test, our team recommends:

In some cases, we also have you stop taking or adjust how you use certain medications like inhalers beforehand, but this varies, depending on your condition and the purpose of your test. 

Together, these preparations can help keep you more comfortable during your test and ensure more accurate results. 

Do you need a spirometry test or have issues breathing? Contact the Advanced Allergy & Asthma location nearest you to schedule a visit by calling or booking an appointment online today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Can a Gluten Allergy Affect Your Voice?

You probably don’t associate allergy symptoms with your voice. But food allergies can often trigger issues with the throat and lungs. Are you concerned you have a gluten allergy? Keep reading to learn more about how it could affect your voice.

Swear Off Acne For Good With AviClear

Are you tired of living with mild to severe acne? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to improve your complexion, but nothing seems to work? It could be time to turn to AviClear™, the first and only FDA-cleared energy device for this condition.

What To Expect After Rush Immunotherapy

Are you eager to find solutions for your allergy symptoms that don’t involve more medications? Rush immunotherapy provides the same relief as traditional allergy shots — but they do it in a fraction of the time.

5 Common Hives Triggers and How to Avoid Them

Do you have itchy, red patches on your body? Feel like these welts came out of nowhere? Whether small or large, hives can range from mild to severe and develop for various reasons. Sound familiar? Here’s what you need to know.

How Can I Determine My Food Allergies Safely?

Food sensitivities can cause significant discomfort, but sensitivity doesn’t equal an allergy. Food allergies cause systemic reactions that can even be life-threatening. So, taking the right steps when diagnosing a problem is vital.