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How does a doctor diagnose eosinophilic asthma?

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To diagnose eosinophilic asthma, your doctor will give you a physical exam. They�ll ask you about your symptoms and other health problems. You may also have to take lung function (pulmonary) tests to see how much air you can breathe out and how quickly you can do it.

You may also need some extra tests to find out your eosinophil level:

?A blood sample that your doctor will test for the number of eosinophils.

?A sputum sample that your doctor will examine under a microscope.

?A bronchial biopsy. This test is less common. Your doctor will put a tool called a bronchoscope into your nose or mouth to get small tissue samples from your lungs (biopsy) to analyze for eosinophils. You�ll need to drugs to stop pain (anesthesia) and may have to stay in the hospital.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma,” “Nasal polyps,” “COPD.”

American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders: “Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Cincinnati Children’s: “What is an Eosinophil?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Asthma.”

Journal of Asthma and Allergy: “Diagnosis and management of eosinophilic asthma: a US perspective.”

Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease: “Eosinophilic airway inflammation: role in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

American Lung Association: “When to See Your Doctor.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on December 17, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma,” “Nasal polyps,” “COPD.”

American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders: “Eosinophilic Asthma.”

Cincinnati Children’s: “What is an Eosinophil?”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Asthma.”

Journal of Asthma and Allergy: “Diagnosis and management of eosinophilic asthma: a US perspective.”

Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease: “Eosinophilic airway inflammation: role in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.”

American Lung Association: “When to See Your Doctor.”

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on December 17, 2020

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