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How can Asthma in adults be diagnosed?

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In brief: Diagnosis of Asthma in Adults

Your doctor will probably use a device called a peak flow meter to help work out whether you have asthma, and to monitor progress of your treatment.
With a peak flow meter, you blow into a tube as hard as you can and as quickly as possible.


This gives your doctor a measure of how severe your breathing is affected. If measured regularly, over time, these readings can also help reveal how well or badly your asthma is being controlled.


Your doctor may also suggest some tests to see how your lungs are working to help with a diagnosis.


Its worth remembering, though, that asthma isnt always easy to diagnose. After all, anything that causes congestion of your lungs or airways can lead to problems that look like the symptoms of asthma.


For example, a child may show all the classic symptoms of asthma, but in fact he or she may have inhaled something which is blocking his or her airways (a coin or a button, for example).


In some cases, the symptoms of asthma in an adult may be a sign of heart disease, especially if you get wheezy when you havent ever had an asthma attack in the past. Some forms of heart disease can cause congestion of the lungs, and have symptoms like asthma.

In brief: Diagnosis of Asthma in Adults

Your doctor will probably use a device called a peak flow meter to help work out whether you have asthma, and to monitor progress of your treatment.
With a peak flow meter, you blow into a tube as hard as you can and as quickly as possible.


This gives your doctor a measure of how severe your breathing is affected. If measured regularly, over time, these readings can also help reveal how well or badly your asthma is being controlled.


Your doctor may also suggest some tests to see how your lungs are working to help with a diagnosis.


Its worth remembering, though, that asthma isnt always easy to diagnose. After all, anything that causes congestion of your lungs or airways can lead to problems that look like the symptoms of asthma.


For example, a child may show all the classic symptoms of asthma, but in fact he or she may have inhaled something which is blocking his or her airways (a coin or a button, for example).


In some cases, the symptoms of asthma in an adult may be a sign of heart disease, especially if you get wheezy when you havent ever had an asthma attack in the past. Some forms of heart disease can cause congestion of the lungs, and have symptoms like asthma.
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