Being tested for asthma will typically include a medical history, including any pattern related to the symptoms or possible precipitating factors. Spirometry, which uses pulmonary function tests to study the air volume and flow rate within the lungs, can help detect asthma. Your doctor will look at vital capacity, peak expiratory flow rate and forced expiratory volume.
In this entry, I would like to comment on how the fact that asthma is such a common disease can in some cases lead to individuals being told they have "asthma," yet on detailed review with specialized tests, are found not to have asthma. I know that this can sound a little confusing: "My doctor told me I have asthma and I am taking asthma…