If you suspect that you or a loved one has undiagnosed asthma, give us a call as things can get scary when a potential allergy attack occurs. In order to confirm the presence of asthma and to manage symptoms, it is recommended that you visit Dr. Rishi at Arizona Allergy Associates in order to get accurate information and discuss treatment options for any symptoms experienced.
One way to test for the presence of inflammation in the lungs, commonly associated with asthma, is to administer a FeNO test, which is a fractional concentration of exhaled nitric oxide test. This test measures the amount of exhaled nitric oxide in the lungs, providing medical professionals with a better idea of how to safely administer treatment.
Nitric oxide is produced inside your cells. The gas is associated with inflammation that occurs when an allergic reaction is being experienced or when a patient has eosinophilic asthma.
Your allergist can perform a FeNO test to determine the levels of nitric oxide when you breathe. A small, portable device is used to measure the level of nitric oxide present in the air you exhale. While most tests require patients to blow hard and fast, the FeNO test requires slow and steady breathing in order to achieve an accurate result.
Many times, your allergist will measure the amount of exhaled nitric oxide in your breath if it has been noticed that you have inflammation that is associated with allergies or asthma. This information is used to make a diagnosis of either eosinophilic asthma or an allergic reaction, depending on the results. This level of this gas may be monitored during your treatment, allowing medical professionals to monitor the effectiveness of steroids and anti-inflammatory medications.
If you want to gain control of your asthma and get a true diagnosis, visit Dr. Rishi at Arizona Allergy Associates to confirm allergies or asthma symptoms. We can make sure that you get the care and treatment needed to be healthy and live a long and wonderful life with fewer occurrences of allergic reactions or asthma.