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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)

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 ...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

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How can a doctor test for asthma?

Simple brathing test: Besides getting a good history, physicians can test you with a non-invasive test- spirometry. This tests your lung function and along with your history can confirm or rule out asthma. ...Read more

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What can cause problems with taking deep breaths? Doc said it could be asthma due to allergies but didn't do additional tests.

What can cause problems with taking deep breaths? Doc said it could be asthma due to allergies but didn't do additional tests.

Possibily: I would ask your doctor to order pulmonary function tests to see if there is an underlying lung condition causing the shortness of breath. Often, if the PFTs are normal, the inability to get a deep enough breath is due to anxiety. Are you having any increased stress or anxiety problems? Good luck. ...Read more

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How can a doctor tell if you have asthma or emphysema?

How can a doctor  tell if you have asthma or emphysema?

Diagnostic Testing: A combination of various x-rays and pulmonary function testing, including perhaps what is called a methacholine challenge test will help make a definitive diagnosis. Be sure to consult with a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the best asthma medication in your opinion and why?

Can any doc tell me what's the best asthma medication in your opinion and why?

Whatever works for U: Asthma varies in intensity from almost undetectable to life threatening.You may get by with a pill, a rescue inhaler, a daily inhaled steroid, a daily steroid pill, all or none of the items listed.You may need to keep a diary, do lung tests or not.It is all what works best for you.You find out what works best for you by working it out over time with your doc.It's not a one best for all condition. ...Read more

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Could a doctor tell you have asthma just from a checkup?

Could a doctor tell you have asthma just from a checkup?

Sometimes: If you have no risk factors for lung disease like somking or enviormental factors then yes. A simple way is to treat with a beta agonist inhaler. If symptoms improve then possible reactive airways. If no improvement then more testing. A methacholine is a form of test. If negative then not asthma. If positive then could be reactive airway. Not always the case. All that wheezes not always asthma! ...Read more

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Docs, could a doctor tell you have asthma just from a checkup?

Depends: If your history is suggestive your doctor could pursue some lung function testing that might confirm your suspicion. If s/he could not trigger some evidence of the disease with provocative testing, s/he might need you to return for an evaluation when/if you had some symptoms. With no suggestive history or findings on testing, it would not be evident on a physical alone. ...Read more

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At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about asthma. Is that ok?

Remind the doctor: It would be helpful if your doctor knew about your asthma. You may need medications for it and your physician should know which medications you are on. I suggest you contact the doctor's office and let them know about your asthma. ...Read more

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My doctor did a pft test on me and said I have asthma but i would like a second opinion where in las vegas should I go for that?

My doctor did a pft test on me and said I have asthma but i would like a second opinion where in las vegas should I go for that?

Allergist or pulm.: Pft's can help make the diagnosis, but symptoms and response to medication are often needed to confirm. If there was a significant change after bronchodilator (medicine to open the airways) or methacholine (which causes constriction) that would help to demonstrate asthma. Smoking cessation is important for you, especially given your symptoms. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are allergy or asthma doctor assistants called?

Could you tell me what are allergy or asthma doctor assistants called?

Physician assistants: Both physician assistants and nurse practitioners commonly work with allergists in office practices. It is also very common for physicians in general including allergists to have medical assistant assist in the office. ...Read more