A Journey With Asthma: Diagnosis
When 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:
• 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