Asthma is a long-term condition that affects the passageways carrying air to and from the lungs. The most common test used to diagnose asthma is a pulmonary function test (or spirometry), in which a computerized device measures airflow when a patient breaths in and out. In patients with asthma, these passageways react to triggers such as allergens, chemicals and viruses by inflaming and narrowing the airways. This makes it difficult to breathe and often results in a high-pitched sound (wheezing) or frequent coughing.
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness, pain or pressure
Diagnosis and Treatment
In very small children, asthma is diagnosed by a physician based on symptoms or response to medication. The most common test used to diagnose asthma is a pulmonary function test (or spirometry), in which a computerized device measures airflow when a patient breaths in and out. If a diagnosis of asthma is made, your child's physician will likely prescribe two kinds of medications: one to control the condition (controller medications) and another to treat sudden symptom attacks (rescue medications).
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Did you know?
Everything we breathe passes through the larynx and over the vocal folds. This includes the inhaled medications used to control asthma and COPD. At times, these substances can prove to be an irritant to the vocal folds.
Inhaled steroids can also result in the onset of a fungal (candida) infection in the larynx. The simultaneous use of a steroidal inhaler and antibiotics can make you more prone to the development of these kinds of infections.