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How is bronchial asthma diagnosed?

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Because asthma symptoms don't always happen during your doctor's appointment, it's important for you to describe your, or your child's, asthma signs and symptoms to your health care provider. You might also notice when the symptoms occur such as during exercise, with a cold, or after smelling smoke. Asthma tests may include:

  • Spirometry: A lung function test to measure breathing capacity and how well you breathe. You will breathe into a device called a spirometer.
  • Peak Expiratory Flow: Using a device called a peak flow meter, you forcefully exhale into the tube to measure the force of air you can expend out of your lungs. Peak flow monitoring can allow you to monitor how well your asthma is doing at home.
  • Chest X-ray: Your doctor may do a chest X-ray to rule out any other diseases that may be causing similar symptoms.

From: Bronchial Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Smolley, L , New York, Dell, 1998. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR 3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma." Global Initiative for Asthma Management and Prevention. NHLBI/WHO Workshop Report, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, 1995; Pub #95-3659. CDC: FastStats: "Asthma." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Trends in Allergic Disease."





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SOURCES: Smolley, L , New York, Dell, 1998. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR 3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma." Global Initiative for Asthma Management and Prevention. NHLBI/WHO Workshop Report, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, 1995; Pub #95-3659. CDC: FastStats: "Asthma." American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Trends in Allergic Disease."





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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 11, 2019

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