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how do you diagnose asthma?

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Dr. Douglas Tzanetos
Allergy and Immunology 19 years experience
Symptoms, testing: Asthma is a respiratory condition diagnosed by compatible symptoms in a person who demonstrates airway obstruction on a breathing test that improves after a medication to open airways (albuterol). If symptoms are suggestive (chronic cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, typically worse at night) and criteria are met on a breathing test, then asthma can be definitively diagnosed.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Different ways: Asthma is characterized by recurrent bronchospasm characterized by wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. If you are examined by a doctor during an exacerbation and wheezing is diagnosed, and this occurs repeatedly, then the diagnosis can be made. Pulmonary function testing can also help with the diagnosis if necessary.Your physical exam and pfts will be normal between episodes.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

How is asthma diagnosed?

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Dr. Stephen Kimura
Allergy and Immunology 35 years experience
Lung testing.: Asthma involves inflammation, muscle spasm and mucus production in the airways. It is diagnosed by history, physical exam, and lung function testing. Patients often complain of chest tightness, wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath. It can occur in any age group, although it is the most common chronic illness in children.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Was just diagnosed with asthma. Help is this serious?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Depends: Asthma has multiple levels of severity, mild to severe. Talk to your doctor about an asthma action plan. As long as you have it under control and know what triggers it, you should have nothing to fear.
A 35-year-old member asked:

I was diagnosed with asthma. What do I do now?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Follow action plan: All patients with asthma should have an action plan that details which medications to take and how often, what to do if asthma symptoms occur, when to call the doctor and which asthma triggers to avoid. It would be helpful to learn as much about asthma as possible so you can control it and it won't control you!
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A 43-year-old male asked:

Is there a specific protocol in order to diagnose someone with asthma?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
See below: Pulmonary function tests can help diagnose this.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How does someone get diagnosed with asthma?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
SOB & PFT: Symptoms of asthma would include episodic shortness of breath. Sometimes your shortness of breath ("SOB" I wasn't being insulting) is triggered by an allergen or inhaled toxin or irritant. The test of choice to ask for would be a pulmonary function test with a methacholine challenge, which would help document the reversibility that is a hallmark of asthma.

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