An individual may have wheezing episodes at some point in their lives and be given a diagnosis of asthma. Not all individuals with wheezing should have a lifelong diagnosis of asthma. Therefore, a lifelong commitment to the medication regimen may not be warranted. That’s why it’s important to have a careful assessment by a qualified pulmonologist.
The appropriate diagnosis of asthma begins with an evaluation that includes a comprehensive history and physical examination. This is followed by a pulmonary function test (as described above).
If indicated, an allergy panel with measurements of Immunoglobin E (IgE) antibody is tested against 30 different stimuli including indoor antigens (molds, animals), outdoor antigens (grasses, pollens, tree) and foods. Treatment will consist of environmental control if necessary.