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How do You diagnose asthma

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
19 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Symptoms, testing: Asthma is a respiratory condition diagnosed by compatible symptoms in a person who demonstrates airway obstruction on a breathing test that improves a ... Read More
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Different ways: Asthma is characterized by recurrent bronchospasm characterized by wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. If you are examined by a doctor during ... Read More

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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
21 years experience Rheumatology
See below: Pulmonary function tests can help diagnose this.
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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Guidelines available: Diagnosis of asthma is made based on a detailed history of symptoms, timing, triggers, etc. Lung function tests with response to albuterol can be hel ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
45 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Asthma: Asthma generally presents with coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. There is often a family history of asthma and the episodes often have trigg ... Read More
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Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
11 years experience Internal Medicine
Asthma: There is no single blood or lab test to confirm asthma. Usually, a combination of a good physical examination, history, spirometry and possible a met ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derek Isenberg
16 years experience Emergency Medicine
No: The flu shot has no live virus that can cause the flu.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: If you have anything more than intermittent or mild asthma, you should consider seeing an allergist who can evaluate whether your asthma has an allerg ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Leazzo
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No: Generally speaking asthma does not have radio graphic findings. COPD or emphysema does but they are different. Dx for asthma is made by clinical histo ... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: doing pulmonary function test before and after a breathing treatment might help to diagnose asts accurately
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
40 years experience Clinical Psychology
Shortness of breath: is a relatively common symptom of anxiety. The Relaxation Response, a book by Herbert Benson, can be helpful for you. Also, see a mental health prof ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Bronchospasm: Some infections can cause bronchospasm and can give you asthmatic symptoms even without a history of asthma. Penumonia is diagnosed by physical examin ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Can be treated: Asthma can run in some families. Try to avoid things that may start wheezing, such as catching RSV bronchiolitis, breathing second-hand smoke, or play ... Read More
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