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Is there a test to make sure that I do or don't have asthma?

Is there a test to make sure that I do or don't have asthma?

Yes: It is caller a Spirometry test and It measures the volume of your air inhaled as well as the amount exhaled, against your age, weight and height. ...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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Will I always have asthma?

Will I always have asthma?

Yes: The basline symptoms may improve for years on end but you are always at risk of a flare. For that reason, getting annual flu shots are critical. ...Read more

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Do I still have asthma if I haven't had symptoms for over 5 years?

Do I still have asthma if I haven't had symptoms for over 5 years?

U may: Asthma is considered a chronic disease, especially if it continues into adulthood. If u have not had asthma symptoms for 5 yr, u may be entering a quiescent period of asthma, called "remission". U should talk w ur allergist or pulmonologist, they may want to decrease or take u off ur controller medication for a period of time to see. It may come back later in life. ...Read more

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I have asthma so I must do?

I have asthma so I must do?

Were you tested?: If you have been tested a course of treatment should have been prescribed. Depending on the severity of your asthma, various treatments may be started. Mild infrequent attacks may be treated with a rescue inhaler whereas more frequent severe attacks may require a controller inhaler to be added. The best course must be determined by you and your physician. Good Luck ...Read more

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How can I find if I have asthma?

How can I find if I have asthma?

Testing, discussion: Sometimes asthma is easy to spot. You start wheezing and having trouble breathing with exercise or viral illnesses. Or a chronic nighttime cough. However, if you aren't sure, such as a little tight cough after notable exercise, or if you're in the heat a lot, etc, then a visit to your doc can help. Sometimes pulmonary function testing (blowing into a special tube) can show if airflow is normal. ...Read more

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I have asthma. What can I do to make sure I don't get an episode while i'm at work?

Take your medication: The most common reason for occurrence of asthma attacks is persistent airway inflammation leaving breathing tubes vulnerable to inhaled irritants & allergens. Regular use of controller medications like inhaled corticosteroids either alone or combined with long-acting bronchodilators or singulair reduces inflammation. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have asthma?

Spirometry: Asthma is a clinical and spirometric diagnosis. Histamine or methacholine challenge may be very helpful if testing is not clear. All that wheezes is not asthma. ...Read more

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I have been coughing for 3 weeks, it is dry . I have asthma and sporadicaly crisis. What should I do?

Asthma and Cough: Your asthma might also be exacerbating and not as well-controlled as it needs to be. I would strongly consider seeing your asthma specialist to have repeat spirometry and possibly maximizing or changing to a different asthma controller regimen. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have asthma, but not have asthma attacks?

Control?: If you have been diagnosed with asthma that is intermittent, there may be long periods between attacks. If you have been diagnosed with a persistent type and on a "controller" inhaler, you may be under very good control. If you have never, never had an attack, i'm not sure how the diagnosis was made. Both spirometry and history are used in the diagnosis. Need more info. ...Read more

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