A Journey With Asthma: Diagnosis

    Girl SmilingWhen I was born, I had breathing difficulties. What a rough start! Sadly, it was but a prelude to the rough times to come. After being fed oatmeal and having subsequent breathing difficulties each time, I was diagnosed with asthma.

    Unfortunately, this is a diagnosis that many parents will eventually hear. When diagnosing asthma in a child, the doctor looks at several things:

    Symptoms

    • Allergies
    • Illnesses
    • Triggers
    • Lung Function Test (for adults)

    The criteria for a diagnosis of asthma are:

    • Airflow into the lungs is reduced periodically (due to narrowed airways)
    • The symptoms of reduced airflow are at least partially reversible
    • Other diseases and conditions have been ruled out

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