How is reactive airways disease diagnosed?

Spirometry. This can be tested by the use of a spirometer, which may be in your doctor's office or at the local hospital, possibly with a methacholine challenge.

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What symptoms mean that my child has reactive airways disease?

Cough, wheeze. The 2 most common symptoms are cough and wheezes. These mean he/she may have reactive airways disease (asthma). Read more...
Cough/wheeze. We all have airways that have a protective apparatus that reacts to keep noxious gas or debris from filling the sensitive air blebs in our lung. When this works correctly, as soon as the triggering event is gone, the "gate keeper" opens it and normal breathing ensues. RAD is a condition where the gate tends to remain closed, producing wheezing or cough. Meds work to reduce the keep airways open. Read more...

I am an adult with reactive airways disease. Will this get worse with time?

Not necessarily. Reactive airways are a type of asthma that occur in reaction to viruses, respiratory infections, etc. As long as you recognize the symptoms early and treat them, you should be fine. Read more...