Pulmonary Function Test for Asthma
Asthma occurs when the bronchial tubes become inflamed, causing pain in the chest and difficulty breathing.
An estimated 25 million adults and children across the United States are affected by asthma. Asthma symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Pain or tightness in the chest
- Difficulty breathing
- A feeling of not getting enough air
If you suffer any of these symptoms (which may occur during or after exercise, in response to allergies, or other conditions depending), asthma testing can determine whether or not you have the condition.
What kind of asthma testing is available?
There are two main forms of asthma testing: spirometry and methacholine challenge
In a spirometry test, the amount of air one can inhale and exhale is tested and measured. The speed of exhalation is also tested. Spirometry tests are used to test for asthma as well as other conditions which impact breathing, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
In a methacholine challenge, the patient inhales a nebulized methacholine or histamine. The result is then observed to determine if asthma may be the cause of the patient’s symptoms. This asthma testing procedure is sometimes also referred to as a histamine challenge test or bronchial challenge test.
Asthma Testing in Landsdowne, Virginia:
At Allergy Asthma & Immunology Institute, Dr. Laura Ispas-Ponas- an expert in asthma and other allergy and immunology conditions- works with patients to diagnose, treat, and manage their health through proven, researched, and unique therapies and treatments. Dr. Ispas-Ponas is widely recognized as an expert in her field as an award-winning doctor, published author, and longtime professional with more than 10 years of research and practical experience.
Let Dr. Ispas-Ponas and her team help you achieve relief of asthma and allergy symptoms. To learn more about asthma testing or any of our services, please give us a call. Our staff will be happy to assist you by answering questions or helping to schedule your next visit.
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