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How is asthma diagnosed?

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Before your doctor diagnoses you with asthma, they’ll first rule out other medical problems that might cause your symptoms. They’ll examine you and listen to your heart and lungs. They’ll also ask about your medical history, including if you or your relatives have had allergies, skin disease called eczema, or lung conditions.

You also might have a lung function tests, allergy tests, blood tests, and chest and sinus X-rays.

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health web site: "Asthma." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology web site: "Patient Gallery: Other diseases related to asthma."  National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: "Considerations for Diagnosing and Managing Asthma in the Elderly" and "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma." American Lung Association web site: "Asthma in Adults Fact Sheet."



Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

SOURCES: National Institutes of Health web site: "Asthma." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology web site: "Patient Gallery: Other diseases related to asthma."  National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: "Considerations for Diagnosing and Managing Asthma in the Elderly" and "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma." American Lung Association web site: "Asthma in Adults Fact Sheet."



Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 28, 2018

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