Diagnosing asthma

Find out more about how your GP or asthma nurse makes an asthma diagnosis for you or your child.

Diagnosing asthma

Get answers to some of the questions you might have about what a diagnosis of asthma means for you.

If you think you have asthma, or your child has asthma, it's very important to make an appointment with your GP or asthma nurse as soon as possible so you can talk about your symptoms, go through your medical history and do some tests to see how your lungs are working.

In this section you can find out more about how your GP or asthma nurse makes an asthma diagnosis for you or your child, including some of the tests that they might do. You can also get answers to some of the questions you might have about what a diagnosis of asthma means for you - whether you've just found out your child has asthma, or you're coming to terms with your own asthma diagnosis later in life.

A very small number of people with asthma (less than 5 per cent) are diagnosed with what's known as severe asthma. If you're having difficult asthma symptoms, frequent asthma attacks, and the usual asthma treatments aren't working for you, you may be referred to a specialist asthma clinic for further tests. In this section you can also find out how severe asthma is diagnosed.

Last updated August 2015