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How can the doctor tell if my child has asthma?

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Dr. Craig Canapari
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: History and physical

Asthma is a common disorder defined by episodic symptoms, most commonly cough and wheeze.
The best way to determine if a child has asthma is a) appropriate history and physical b) a trial of asthma medications if indicated c) lung function testing in older children (usually 6 or older). I find that the vast majority of time the history is adequate to make the diagnosis.

In brief: History and physical

Asthma is a common disorder defined by episodic symptoms, most commonly cough and wheeze.
The best way to determine if a child has asthma is a) appropriate history and physical b) a trial of asthma medications if indicated c) lung function testing in older children (usually 6 or older). I find that the vast majority of time the history is adequate to make the diagnosis.
Dr. Craig Canapari
Dr. Craig Canapari
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Dr. Manav Singla
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Careful measurement

Asking questions about your child's health and finding out how much air your child's lungs can hold.

In brief: Careful measurement

Asking questions about your child's health and finding out how much air your child's lungs can hold.
Dr. Manav Singla
Dr. Manav Singla
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