Early diagnosis of asthma and proper treatment by a board certified allergy and asthma specialist are important to help prevent damage to the lungs. A comprehensive medical history, history of asthma attacks or symptoms, a physical exam and a breathing test (called spirometry) are all typical steps in diagnosing asthma.
Many people who have asthma also have allergies. In most cases, allergies trigger asthma symptoms or an asthma attack. This “allergic asthma” is the most common form of asthma. For this reason, allergy skin testing is also performed to help determine allergy triggers.