Asthma Spirometry

What is Spirometry?

Spirometry is a common test to see how well your lungs work. This is done by measuring the amount of air that you inhale, how much you can exhale, and how quickly this can be done. This is done after a diagnosis to see how well medications are working for you.

How to Prepare for a Spirometry Test

Your physician will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for the test. You should also wear lose fitting clothes and avoid eating a large meal. These preparations will make it easier for you to breathe during your test.

What to Expect During a Spirometry Test

There are little to no risks from performing the test. You may feel dizzy or lightheaded from the heavy breathing. The test must be done correctly to ensure accurate results. If you do not understand, feel free to ask questions. You will be seated and a clip will be placed on your nose. You will breath in and out as hard as possible for three times. The test will take less than 15 minutes.