Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

How is Asthma Diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing asthma is talking to your doctor about your symptoms and your health. Your doctor can diagnose asthma based on your health history, a physical exam and test results, and your family history.

  • Medical and family histories – Your doctor will ask you about any family history of asthma and allergies. Be sure to share what triggers your asthma symptoms and other health conditions that could cause problems with managing your asthma.
  • Physical exam – Your doctor will listen to your breathing for signs of asthma, including wheezing, and see if you have a runny nose or swollen nasal passages.
  • Diagnostic and other tests – You may have a spirometry test, which checks your lung function by measuring how much air you can breathe in and out and how fast you can blow air out. Your doctor might also recommend allergy testing, a test to measure the sensitivity of your airways, a chest X-ray or an EKG.

For more information about how asthma is diagnosed, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine