What is spirometry?
Spirometry is a breathing test that physicians use to check your lung function. It measures how much air you can move in and out of your lungs as well as how quickly you can blow air out of your lungs.
Why would I need spirometry?
Your Advanced Allergy & Asthma specialist may ask you to undergo a spirometry if you’ve had signs or symptoms of lung disease, such as wheezing or difficulty breathing with minimal activity. A spirometry can also evaluate whether your known lung disease is worsening or improving over time. The test results can also help determine whether your current medications are controlling your breathing problems.
What’s it like to have spirometry testing?
Spirometry is a painless and safe test that measures your lung volume and function as you blow into a small device attached to a spirometer. The goal is to breathe in as deeply as you can and then blow as hard and fast as you can into the hand-held device.
The test may cause some slight dizziness as you inhale and then blow three times in a row. You might also experience some coughing. Depending on the reason for the test, you might be given a medication (bronchodilator) and asked to repeat the spirometry to determine if the use of a bronchodilator inhaler might help improve your lung function.
The spirometer calculates and graphs your results, which your doctor reviews with you and takes into consideration when designing your treatment program.
How often should I have spirometry testing?
If your symptoms are well controlled, you may only need spirometry testing every six to 12 months. If your symptoms are not controlled or your doctor is changing your medication, you may require spirometry more frequently until your lung function improves.
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