Asthma usually is diagnosed based on the history of symptoms, a physical exam, lung function tests, and laboratory tests. The medical history is especially important if you or your child does not have symptoms at the time of the visit.
Your doctor will probably ask whether you or your child:
In the past 4 weeks, have you or your child had coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath:
Your doctor will want to know whether you or your child has:
If occupational asthma is suspected in teens or adults, your doctor may ask the following questions and ask you to begin keeping a work diary giving detailed information about exposures and symptoms.
Your doctor may also ask how your symptoms affect you and what you understand about asthma.
Because of the symptoms, do you or your child:
Do you realize that:
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
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