Asthma in Older Adults Treatment & Management

Updated: Oct 28, 2015
  • Author: Praveen Buddiga, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Treatment

Approach Considerations

Asthma symptoms usually persist despite avoidance measures; therefore, medications are often needed. The goal of treatment is to prevent fatalities, hospitalizations, and emergency room encounters. The long-term control of asthma with reduction of symptoms, maintenance of normal activity levels, prevention of exacerbations, and preservation of pulmonary function are the goals of therapy.

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Consultations

Consultations with the following are indicated:

  • Allergist
  • Pulmonologist
  • Otolaryngologist
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Long-Term Monitoring

Asthma is chronic medical condition that requires ongoing monitoring to assess its control and to detect early signs of undertreatment or poor adherence to treatment. Good control in the adult population directly impacts physical function, quality of life, and reduces costs by improving the health of older patients with asthma.

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