Reasons to Request a Lung Function Test
Except for appointments involving very young children, allergy doctors often include lung function testing as part of a basic allergy evaluation. Doctors can now assess the lung function capacity of someone as young as three years old using state-of-the-art, computerized tests. In addition, doctors can use specialized lung function testing to evaluate children and adults who experience exercise-induced asthma or chronic cough syndrome.
If you or your child experiences persistent coughing, especially at night or when exercising, you should ask your doctor about scheduling a lung function test. Your doctor can use a spirometry test to determine how well your body is moving air in and out of your lungs. In addition, your doctor can measure how your airways respond to foreign substances through an inhalation challenge test. Other signs that you should request a lung function test are if you experience chest tightness, shortness of breath, or your body makes a squeaky, whistling sound when you are breathing in and out.
For more information about lung function testing, schedule an appointment with Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM. You can reach our King of Prussia office by dialing 1 (800) 86-COUGH.