To obtain a proper diagnosis and prognosis of an asthma condition, an appointment should be scheduled with a qualified doctor. The physician will perform an examination and any tests he thinks are required to determine whether or not the patient sufferers from asthma. After a positive diagnosis, treatment that will help the patient live with this disease can be administrated.
During the exam, a physician will need to be advised of the medical history of the patient. The patient will be required to cooperate with the doctor by explaining all of the symptoms that they have experienced which has caused them to consider asthma. Some of these symptoms may be difficult in breathing and experiencing wheezing.
It is also important for the patient to let the doctor know if there are certain conditions that trigger these symptoms, such as smoke, pollen, and household dust or pet dander. Allergies can sometimes create similar symptoms, so it will need to be determined whenever allergies could be the problem. Part of the patient history will be whether or not you or your close relatives have a history of being allergy or asthma sufferers.
Various testing may be performed to aid the physician in his diagnosis. A spirometry may be used to help determine the function of the lungs by measuring your capacity for breathing. Also, as part of the visit with the physician, x-rays as well as other tests may be performed to rule out other conditions that may be similar to asthma.
If the patient is a child, the parents' medical conditions will most likely be considered and if the parents suffer from asthma, a child experiencing the same symptoms of it being an asthma condition.
Children may be harder to diagnose as they may have allergies or colds that will show the same symptoms as asthma. They also have narrow airways which may it more difficult for the doctor to make a proper diagnosis.