Occupational Asthma (cont.)
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Occupational Asthma Diagnosis
If you have had asthma symptoms and are seeking medical care afterward, your health-care provider will ask questions and perform tests to pinpoint the cause of the symptoms.
Proper diagnosis is essential to ensure that the most appropriate treatment is given. Your health-care provider should confirm and document that you have asthma before beginning treatment.
You should undergo breathing tests to determine the condition of your airways.
These tests may be done at the workplace to determine how your airways react to the work environment. The tests are performed before you go to the workplace and then after you have been in the workplace for some time, and the results are compared.
There is no blood test than can pinpoint the cause of asthma.
A chest X-ray may also be taken. This is mostly to rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/10/2014
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