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How Do People Get Asthma
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
Lung function test: The best lung function test is spirometry. This breathing test measures the volume of air a person can breathe out. Another newer test is a breath analysis for Nitric Oxide that measures airway inflammation. It's call feno. Ask your doctor to have these tests done if a diagnosis of asthma is suspected. ...Read more
Yes: While most asthma tends to develop in young children, asthma can develop at any age. In adults, new onset asthma may follow a severe respiratory infection or allergen exposure at the work place. Sometimes, asthma can occur in childhood, resolve (remission), then re-occur again in adulthood. If symptoms are suggestive of asthma, no matter the age, the person should be evaluated. ...Read more
Diagnosis...: The diagnosis can be made by your doctor on clinical grounds or you can be sent to a pulmonary function lab to get pfts, including bronchoprovocation testing, if needed. Your family doctor can order this testing but the test is interpreted by a pulmonary doctor. You can also be evaluated by a pulmonary doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Allergist: To determine if you have asthma it would be best to see an allergist. While pulmonary function testing can help in making the diagnosis, many patients with asthma actually have normal pft's. The diagnosis is often make based on the history and the patient's response to treatment. Skin testing may also help in finding the triggers for the symptoms of coughing and/or wheezing. ...Read more
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