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Health Management and Education

Health Management and Education

Do I have asthma?

How do I know if I have asthma?

To help determine if you have asthma, your doctor can order tests such as:

  • Pulmonary function testing or spirometry. You breathe into a machine that measures how much air you can take in and blow out, and how fast you blow out.
  • Allergy tests may determine if you have allergies that are causing your symptoms.

Can other conditions make asthma worse?

Yes! Acid reflux (GERD) is caused by stomach acid going up your food pipe (esophagus) to your throat and can either mimic asthma or make your asthma worse.  You may or may not have symptoms with GERD, which can include heartburn and coughing, especially when lying flat.  Additionally, allergies and/or hay fever can make your asthma worse if it is not treated.