Asthma symptoms—wheezing, persistent coughing, difficulty breathing—can be scary and uncomfortable. Because these symptoms can be caused by many other conditions, such as allergies, sinus infections and bronchial disorders, doctors and licensed respiratory care practitioners at Memorial Hospital Los Banos use a variety of tests to accurately diagnose asthma. With the right diagnosis, we can help you reduce triggers and ease symptoms.
For most allergy tests, your blood or skin is exposed to allergens and then closely monitored to see if an allergic reaction occurs. Common allergy tests include a RAST test, a skin prick or scratch test, intradermal skin test or patch skin testing. Doctors at Memorial Hospital Los Banos can refer you for allergy testing services, as needed.
A chest X-ray or electrocardiogram (EKG) can help your doctor deduce whether your symptoms are caused by asthma, another disease or an obstruction.
Once you are diagnosed with asthma, plan to see your primary care doctor at least twice a year for “asthma only” appointments. For tips on how to prepare for these visits, read our article on maximizing your asthma care.