Pulmonary testing in Crystal Lake can identify asthma or allergies
If you are suffering from allergies or asthma, the team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates can provide pulmonary testing and treatment to improve quality of life.
At our Crystal Lake office, we are experienced in diagnosis and treatment of allergy and asthma conditions related to:
- Molds, pets, pollen, and dust
- Food, drugs, insects
- Skin disorders such as eczema and hives
- Allergic sinusitis and bronchitis
We offer a broad range of allergy testing to accurately diagnose specific conditions. This includes skin, patch, and pulmonary function testing.
Pulmonary function testing
Also known as spirometry, pulmonary function testing measures how allergies are affecting the respiratory system. It can test for asthma, allergies, and other conditions like emphysema and COPD.
How it works
Pulmonary function testing determines:
- The amount of air you can hold in your lungs
- The speed you can transfer air in and out of the lungs
- How well lungs oxygenate blood
- How well lungs eliminate carbon dioxide from the blood
Spirometry is typically the first pulmonary function test performed to determine these traits and other factors that impact respiration. During a spirometry test you are instructed to breathe normally in and out of a mouthpiece. The device is connected to a machine that measures breathing and lung function. The test is often repeated multiple times. Sometimes special medications are used to open the lungs, so we can evaluate how they impact your breathing.
Results from the test are printed on a chart called a spirogram. Some of the most common measurements we evaluate are:
- Forced vital capacity
- Forced expiratory volume
- Forced expiratory flow
- Peak expiratory flow
To find out if your breathing problems may be related to allergies, contact us today at (847) 888-8802. Dr. Askenazi and the staff are ready to help you on the path to breathing better.
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