Asthma

How do doctor diagnose asthma?

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2011-11-29 23:42:47
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Asthma is never automatically diagnosed after a single visit or what not. It is diagnosed after observing certain symptoms over a period of time. There are multiple diseases that are present in a patient that could have asthma... such as acute bronchitis, pneumonia, or simple symptoms such as prolonged wheezing. There are many tests that a pulmonologist can gather to help determine if the patient has asthma or not. For example, the doctor observes the patient's response to Bronchodilators/corticosterioids. He or she can order pulmonary function test (PFT) to measure how well the lungs are able to take in and exhale air.

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