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How to tell if I have asthma?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Spirometry

Asthma is a clinical and spirometric diagnosis.
Histamine or methacholine challenge may be very helpful if testing is not clear. All that wheezes is not asthma.

In brief: Spirometry

Asthma is a clinical and spirometric diagnosis.
Histamine or methacholine challenge may be very helpful if testing is not clear. All that wheezes is not asthma.
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Dr. Alvaro Aranda
Has to be episodic with periods of free symptoms in most cases.
Dr. Richard Williams
A good history of frequency and severity may also be a good indicator
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine

In brief: Asthma DX

Do a pulmonary function test wait 15 to 20 minutes after inhaling a bronchodilator and the repeat the test.
The test must be done according to american thoracic society guidelines and you use maximum effort to do the test. No bronchodilators should be used beforehand to throw the test off. The doctor will then tell you if you have asthma and will correlate this with your history and physical exam.

In brief: Asthma DX

Do a pulmonary function test wait 15 to 20 minutes after inhaling a bronchodilator and the repeat the test.
The test must be done according to american thoracic society guidelines and you use maximum effort to do the test. No bronchodilators should be used beforehand to throw the test off. The doctor will then tell you if you have asthma and will correlate this with your history and physical exam.
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Dr. Stevan Cordas
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