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How do I know if I have asthma?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Asthma can be very dangerous if left untreated. Getting a diagnosis means that you can get the right treatment and live your life without asthma restricting what you do. "

Dr Louisa Draper

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If you think you might have asthma then there are a number of different tests that are used to help your doctor diagnose whether or not you have the condition. The tests can help to identify how mild or severe your asthma is by looking at your lung function. 

Asthma symptoms can vary from person to person. There are various symptoms that may indicate that you have asthma. These include:


If you have any or all of these symptoms, visit your doctor, who can perform tests to diagnose if you have asthma or another condition. Once your doctor or asthma nurse has diagnosed asthma using these tests, they can then advise you on how best to manage the condition, including what treatments to use and how to avoid triggering symptoms or an asthma attack.

Asthma can be very dangerous if left untreated. Getting a diagnosis means that you can get the right treatment and live your life without asthma restricting what you do.