Some children are labelled as having wheezy bronchitis or asthmatic bronchitis rather than asthma. This is because the wheeze is usually present only during a respiratory infection. Most experts believe that these are all mild asthma.

It doesn’t really matter what the condition is called, as long as the child gets proper treatment and the parents are not frightened by having their children labelled as asthmatic.

Testing lung function by having the patient blow into a special machine is accurate and gives a lot of information. It may be necessary to provoke an attack, do the test and then reverse the breathing difficulty by giving drugs that dilate the bronchial tubes.

In allergic individuals, skin tests to find to what substances the person is allergic are also of use.


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