Animation - Diagnosing Asthma: Mild, Moderate, and Severe
To diagnose asthma, your doctor will ask you a few questions about your medical and family history, examine you, and do lung tests and other tests to measure how well your lungs are working. This animation explains spirometry, methacholine challenge test, exhaled nitric oxide test, x-rays and other scans, blood tests, and bronchoscopy. If you do have asthma, your doctor will also assess the severity of your asthma. There are 4 main levels, or grades, of asthma: intermittent, mild, moderate, and severe. This animation also explains common triggers for asthma and how best to minimize their impact on your life.
This educational activity has been developed by the
Allergy & Asthma Network and Mechanisms in Medicine Inc.
This website is part of the Animated Patient™ series developed by Mechanisms in Medicine Inc., to provide highly visual formats of learning for patients to improve their understanding, make informed decisions, and partner with their health care professionals for optimal outcomes.