A Journey With Asthma: Diagnosis

asthma word cloudWhen 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:


• 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