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Please tell me what constitutes an asthma diagnosis?

Please tell me what constitutes an asthma diagnosis?

History and test: Your detailed history of attacks including their frequency and severity coupled with a simple breathing test can be used to confirm or reject asthma. If you feel you do have asthma, get tested and treated. Good Luck ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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Pulmonary function test in the past show asthma diagnosis. Tomorrow I have repeated pft for uncontrolled asthma. Any suggestions?

Pulmonary function test in the past show asthma diagnosis. Tomorrow I have repeated pft for uncontrolled asthma.  Any suggestions?

Asthma mgt: I would suggest asking for an interpretation in comparison with your prior test. PFTs are one part of the evaluation. If you have uncontrolled asthma, an asthma action plan and review of your medications and triggers is suggested. ...Read more

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I have a faint rash to my neck/cheek, asthma diagnosis 2 yrs ago requiring freq streriods, migraines, and chronic neck/upper back pain. Could this be lupus?

I have a faint rash to my neck/cheek, asthma diagnosis 2 yrs ago requiring freq streriods, migraines, and chronic neck/upper back pain. Could this be lupus?

Need evaluation: Lupus is an autoimmune disorder where the body "reacts against self" for unknown reasons. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose and requires blood tests. Almost all patients with lupus have joint pain/arthritis and many have chest pain, fatigue, fever, hair loss, mouth sores, sensitivity to sunlight and rash on face. Almost any body organ system can be affected. Asthma is not associated with lupus. ...Read more

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What tests are done to evaluate one for asthma? How is a diagnosis made?

What tests are done to evaluate one for asthma? How is a diagnosis made?

Check with lung doc: Pulmonary function testing with bronchodilator response in a good lab is the standard. Cxr is standard. Evaluation by lung doc is useful - they have been trained for many years. To fix your asthma. ...Read more

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Looking for a natropath in my area 19087 for my 3 year old son..Has diagnosis of asthma and is on flovent 2x daily and alberterol prn. Want him off of it!?

Looking for a natropath in my area 19087 for my 3 year old son..Has diagnosis of asthma and is on flovent 2x daily and alberterol prn. Want him off of it!?

Why not an allergist: An allergist can answer several questions. Does your child have allergic asthma or wheezing triggered by infections? Are there allergen or respiratory irritants in the environment triggering asthma symptoms? Is Flovent the best medication for your child? If it is are you using the right dose or does it need to be used daily? I think this will address your concerns. ...Read more

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