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How do you tell the difference between asthma and being out of shape?
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Dr. Donald Elton
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Pulmonary functions
Pulmonary function testing while symptomatic can usually be used to confirm the presence of asthma.

In brief: Pulmonary functions
Pulmonary function testing while symptomatic can usually be used to confirm the presence of asthma.
Dr. Donald Elton
Dr. Donald Elton
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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
In brief: It's not always easy
Either being out of shape or asthma can make you feel short of breath when you exercise.
An allergist or pulmonologist can have you do a lung function test before and after exercise to see if you are having exercise-induced bronchospasm. Your doctor can give you an asthma inhaler, and you can take it before or after exercise. If it helps, you probably have some asthma.

In brief: It's not always easy
Either being out of shape or asthma can make you feel short of breath when you exercise.
An allergist or pulmonologist can have you do a lung function test before and after exercise to see if you are having exercise-induced bronchospasm. Your doctor can give you an asthma inhaler, and you can take it before or after exercise. If it helps, you probably have some asthma.
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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