A 20-year-old female asked:
i have asthma and what test should i be doing to know what triggers me, is it dust , flowers or maybe i have allergy to some food.
3 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 35 years experience
The best test...: ...Is to keep a diary of symptoms and compare it with pollen reports for your area; in general, tree pollen is out in the spring, grasses in summer, and weeds in the fall. House dust gets worse during heating season, and is usually worse at night as it accumulates in bedclothes. Tobacco is usually a worse trigger than allergies. Testing for allergies is also a possibility but not as reliable.
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Allergies: See your allergist for skin testing to determine what you are allergic to. A rast blood test may also help.
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Allergist: If you really want to know about your allergic triggers, skin testing with an allergist would help. S/he may have other ideas also.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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