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How is a lung function test done, and how should I prepare for it?

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In most cases, you have lung function tests in an exam room that contains special devices to see how well your lungs a working. A specially trained respiratory therapist or technician is likely to do the tests.

Ask your doctor if you should do anything to prepare for your lung function tests. For instance, you might need to adjust your medication. You may also need to avoid heavy meals, smoking, and any irritants or other substances that might trigger an asthma attack.

From: Asthma and Lung Function Tests WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "What to expect at the doctor's office."  American Lung Association: "Spirometry and Other Lung Function Tests Fact Sheet."  American Medical Association: .  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Peak Flow Meters." Grayson, M. 2005 National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: "Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma -- 2002."  National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Asthma: How is Asthma Diagnosed?"  MedlinePlus: "Pulmonary Function Tests."  National Lung Health Education Program: "Spirometry."







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Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 18, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology: "What to expect at the doctor's office."  American Lung Association: "Spirometry and Other Lung Function Tests Fact Sheet."  American Medical Association: .  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Peak Flow Meters." Grayson, M. 2005 National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: "Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma -- 2002."  National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Asthma: How is Asthma Diagnosed?"  MedlinePlus: "Pulmonary Function Tests."  National Lung Health Education Program: "Spirometry."







Essential Guide to AsthmaACP Medicine, .

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 18, 2019

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