Diagnosis and treatment of
asthma can be a challenge if you are age 65 or
older. You might have another medical condition that masks your asthma. Or you may be more likely to have side
effects from asthma medicines or be at risk for reactions from the different medicines you may be taking.
To treat your asthma, you and your doctor should work closely together, especially if you:
Have a history of smoking or have long-term
respiratory diseases, such as
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which
can make it hard to diagnose asthma.
Have one or
more other health conditions that can make asthma symptoms worse and complicate
heart failure. Some conditions, such as
osteoporosis, can become worse when you use asthma
medicines. Your doctor may prescribe asthma medicines that
avoid making other medical problems worse and that interact the least with
other medicines you may be taking.
Have trouble performing
lung function tests, which can make diagnosis and treatment more difficult.