Posts Tagged ‘Asthmatic’

Asthma In The Elderly

Lung damage from smoking or extensive exposure to inhaled environmental pollutants causes diseases like bronchitis, emphysema, or COPD in the elderly. However, asthma is also a common cause of respiratory symptoms in this age group. Like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), also responds to anti-inflammatorv drugs. Thus sometimes it becomes difficult to differentiate between asthma and other forms of obstructive lung diseases. However, after a trial of oral glucocorticosteroids if: •  ... 

Tests for asthma

Investigations Complete blood counts. Especially for eosinophil counts. Marginally high eosinophil count suggests an allergic element. Moderately high eosinophil count (>20 per cent) suggest tropical pulmonary eosinophilia, which have symptoms similar to asthma. Lung function tests. Asthma can often be diagnosed on the basis of symptoms. However, measurements of lung function, particularly the reversibility of lung function abnormalities, help in confirmation of diagnosis. Lung function measurements...