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    Asthma in Teens and Adults - Exams and Tests

    Regular checkups

    You need to monitor your condition and have regular checkups to keep asthma under control and to review and possibly update your asthma action plan. Checkups are recommended every 1 to 6 months, depending on how well your asthma is controlled.

    During checkups, your doctor will ask about information you may have tracked in an asthma diary, such as:

    • Whether your symptoms or your peak expiratory flow or both have held steady, improved, or become worse.
    • Asthma attacks during exercise or at night.

    Based on the results, your asthma category may change, and your doctor may change the medicines you use or how much medicine you use.

    Tests to identify triggers

    If you have persistent asthma and take medicine every day, your doctor may ask about your exposure to substances (allergens) that cause an allergic reaction. For more information about testing for triggers, see the topic Allergic Rhinitis.

    Allergy tests can include skin tests and a blood test. Skin tests are needed if you are interested in immunotherapy, such as allergy shots.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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