Do I Need An X-ray Examination For People With A History Of Asthma?
Hello doctor, I want to ask if someone who has a history of asthma needs an x-ray?
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Asthma is a condition where the lower airway is inflamed, to the point of narrowing and excessive mucus. Clinically, asthma is often characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing, and also coughing. This condition is a recurrence of nature, mainly triggered by respiratory infections, contact with air substances (such as pollen, animal hair, dust, mold spores, cold, smoke), fatigue, stress, consumption of certain foods or drinks (such as shrimp, crabs, alcohol, preserved foods, side effects of drugs (beta blockers, aspirin, ibuprofen), and acid reflux. According to many experts, asthma is closely related to genetic and environmental factors.
Efforts to establish a primary diagnosis for asthmatics are carried out by conducting interviews and physical examinations to evaluate the clinical symptoms that arise. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor can also carry out further tests, such as spirometry (lung function tests), peak flow, allergy tests, methacholine tests, nitric oxide tests, and so on. The x-ray examination is actually not a major diagnostic procedure for this disease. However, with X-rays, doctors can distinguish asthma from various other diseases that often show similar clinical symptoms, for example chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis, pneumonia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, weak heart, and so on.
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