A physical exam is an important part of diagnosing any medical condition. At your appointment, your doctor ask you about your symptoms and personal and medical history. Specifically, they will ask about your symptoms, lifestyle, family history and medical conditions.
For example, if you have a family history of asthma, allergies or skin allergies, that means you have a chance of also having these conditions. This tells the doctor that they should look for signs of asthma. If they think you might have asthma based on the information you give them, they will do a physical exam.
During a physical exam for asthma or allergies, your doctor will look at your ears, nose, throat, eyes, skin, chest and lungs. They may:
If your doctor finds signs of asthma, they will discuss with you about options for lung tests. There are several types of lung function tests.