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Is there a test to see if your child will have asthma?

6 doctors weighed in
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In brief: No

There is not a test that can predict asthma.

In brief: No

There is not a test that can predict asthma.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: History, physical +

Your physician should talk to you and your child about her/his symptoms, examine your child, and may (based on this) order pulmonary function tests if your child is older than 5 and1/2.
These tests evaluate for blockage (obstruction) in the airway caused by inflammation; however, a negative test does not mean that asthma is absent and a positive test doesn't mean they have asthma.

In brief: History, physical +

Your physician should talk to you and your child about her/his symptoms, examine your child, and may (based on this) order pulmonary function tests if your child is older than 5 and1/2.
These tests evaluate for blockage (obstruction) in the airway caused by inflammation; however, a negative test does not mean that asthma is absent and a positive test doesn't mean they have asthma.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Golder Wilson
Clinical Genetics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No simple test

Recent new england journal articles discuss an interleukin pathway that, when altered, confers increased susceptibility to asthma.
Asthma is multifactorial (multiple genetic and environmental factors), so any one risk factor (allergies, smoking, exercise) doesnt explain all cases. The recent research finding has not translated into commercial testing but may do so in the future.

In brief: No simple test

Recent new england journal articles discuss an interleukin pathway that, when altered, confers increased susceptibility to asthma.
Asthma is multifactorial (multiple genetic and environmental factors), so any one risk factor (allergies, smoking, exercise) doesnt explain all cases. The recent research finding has not translated into commercial testing but may do so in the future.
Dr. Golder Wilson
Dr. Golder Wilson
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