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What should I do to prepare for a lung function test for asthma?

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Preparations for a lung function test for asthma include:

  • Don't smoke on the day of the test.
  • Don't have coffee, tea, cola, or chocolate on the day of the test.
  • Avoid exercise and cold air exposure on the day of the test.

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: "So You Have Asthma."

National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute: "What is Asthma?"

American Lung Association: “Spirometry.”

National Jewish Health: “Spirometry Testing.”

National Asthma Council Australia: “Asthma & Lung Function Tests.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “FeNO Tests to Monitor FeNO Levels,” “Peak Flow Meters.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Provocation (Trigger) Tests,” “What Is a FeNO Test?”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: "So You Have Asthma."

National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute: "What is Asthma?"

American Lung Association: “Spirometry.”

National Jewish Health: “Spirometry Testing.”

National Asthma Council Australia: “Asthma & Lung Function Tests.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “FeNO Tests to Monitor FeNO Levels,” “Peak Flow Meters.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Provocation (Trigger) Tests,” “What Is a FeNO Test?”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 18, 2019

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