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Diagnostic Tests for Asthma

Diagnostic tests for Asthma:

A diagnosis of asthma is made only after a complete evaluation, history, and physical is done by a health care professional. This will help to determine the type and severity of asthma you have and the most appropriate and effective treatment plan for you. Diagnostic testing can include lung function tests, such as a spirometry, which measures how much air you are able to move in and out of your lungs. This easy, painless, and noninvasive breathing test is often done regularly to monitor how well treatments are working. A chest X-ray may be done, which can evaluate a number of factors, including the presence of other conditions that may occur with or without asthma symptoms, such as pneumonia, and bronchitis. A bronchoprovocation test may also be performed to measure lung function after a variety of factors that potentially provoke asthma symptoms are introduced to the patient. Allergy testing is also commonly performed to determine a person's individual sensitivities to allergens, substances that trigger an allergic reaction that can result in asthma symptoms.

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Asthma:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Asthma:

NHLBI -- Your Asthma Can Be Controlled: NHLBI (Excerpt)

Peak flow meters can help you find out what your triggers are. Peak flow meters measure how well you are breathing. The peak flow meter is simple and small. It can be used at home or at work. Talk to your doctor about this. (Source: excerpt from NHLBI -- Your Asthma Can Be Controlled: NHLBI)

NHLBI, Asthma Age Page: NHLBI (Excerpt)

Several tests may be needed to tell what is causing your symptoms. These tests include spirometry (to measure how open your airways are), a chest x-ray, an electrocardiogram (to show whether you have heart disease), and a blood test. Accurate diagnosis is important because asthma is treated differently from other diseases with similar symptoms. (Source: excerpt from NHLBI, Asthma Age Page: NHLBI)

Diagnosis of Asthma: medical news summaries:

The following medical news items are relevant to diagnosis of Asthma:

 

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