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Can a doctor tell if you smoke while you are taking an asthma test?

Can a doctor tell if you smoke while you are taking an asthma test?

Possibly: If you are talking about pulmonary function tests, the results may show the pattern consistent with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which is most commonly due to smoking. But anyone could smell heavy smokers. ...Read more

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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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Is there any way a doctor , can tell if you still have asthma ? What test do you have to take to prove you don't have asthma ?

Is there any way a doctor , can tell if you still have asthma ? What test do you have to take to prove you don't have asthma ?

Lung function test: A lung function test can usually tell whether you still have asthma at that moment.Even if you have no symptoms, the lung function can tell whether you still have asthma or not. If you have allergic asthma, a FeNO breath test can determine whether the airway is still inflamed. Rarely a methacholine challenge test can be done to find out if you may still have asthma. Daily PFR may be helpful. ...Read more

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Please tell me what tests will doctors do for asthma?

Please tell me what tests will doctors do for asthma?

Lung function: Asthma can be diagnosed clinically, but often times pulmonary function testing (pft) will help in the diagnosis. Pfts allow doctors to evaluate the your lung's volume and airflow and can tell if your smaller or larger airways are a problem. In addition, allergy testing may be indicated if you also have allergy symptoms as they may need to be evaluated as well. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath with mucus for a year. Doc has said Gerd. Doesn't think asthma. Smoked 10 yrs.25. Lung test normal. Copd?Pneumonia? Just smoking?

Shortness of breath with mucus for a year. Doc has said Gerd.  Doesn't think asthma. Smoked 10 yrs.25. Lung test normal. Copd?Pneumonia? Just smoking?

Quit smoking: The most obvious answer of course is that you have to stop smoking. There is no benefit from smoking, and as long as you continue to do so, you will be short of breath and have increased mucous and cough. You know this. Smoking makes asthma, GERD and COPD worse if you have them. Smoking causes other serious chronic health problems, such as cancers, stroke, heart disease. Have you tried Chantix? ...Read more

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What kind of a doctor tests for asthma?

What kind of a doctor tests for asthma?

Depends...: Your family doctor can order the tests for asthma, pulmonary function tests. But, the tests are interpreted by a pulmonary doctor and then your family doctor gets the test results with the interpretation. ...Read more

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How can the doctor tell if my child has asthma?

How can the doctor tell if my child has asthma?

History and physical: Asthma is a common disorder defined by episodic symptoms, most commonly cough and wheeze. The best way to determine if a child has asthma is a) appropriate history and physical b) a trial of asthma medications if indicated c) lung function testing in older children (usually 6 or older). I find that the vast majority of time the history is adequate to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have asthma without going to a doctor?

How can you tell if you have asthma without going to a doctor?

Not easy: Asthma is a clinical diagnosis based on recurrent episodes of reversible airway flow obstruction that result in a wide variety of symptoms (cough, wheezing, chest pain or tightness etc.). There's no one clinical diagnostic marker of asthma, but a constellation of features on history, exam & lung function testing are required. Many conditions that can mimic asthma sympotms also need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Doctor please tell me that what could be done to reduce problem of asthma?

Doctor please tell me that what could be done to reduce problem of asthma?

Know your triggers: You really need to see a specialist, a pulmonologist or allergist. You need to be tested to see if you have allergies that trigger it and avoid them and you need to be on a maintenance medication for your asthma, depending on the severity of your symptoms. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have got asthma and should I visit a doctor?

How can I tell if I have got asthma and should I visit a doctor?

See the doctor: Asthma is a recurrent condition causing symptoms such as wheezing, cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Other conditions can cause these symptoms. If you are having problems breathing you should see a doctor for proper diagnosis. ...Read more