Conditions Dictionary

Spirometry measures how much air you can inhale as well as how much and how fast you can exhale air. It is an important tool to diagnose and understand asthma severity and control.

Spirometry for asthma is used:
• During your first visit with an allergist / immunologist
• After treatment has started and your symptoms and peak expiratory flow have stabilized
• To document (near) "normal" airway function
• At least once yearly to assess maintenance of airway function, regardless of medication (changes)
• To evaluate the response to a change in therapy

Learn more about asthma symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and management.

If you or your child has symptoms of asthma, or if your asthma is not under control, an allergist / immunologist, often referred to as an allergist, can help. An allergist / immunologist has advanced training and experience to determine what is causing your symptoms and develop a treatment plan to help you feel better and live better.

The AAAAI's Find an Allergist / Immunologist service is a trusted resource to help you find a specialist close to home.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology