Testing For Asthma

Allergy test

Asthma is a chronic disease that obstructs the airways, or bronchial tubes, in your lungs, making it difficult to breath. Restricted airways can cause coughing, wheezing, tightening of the chest and shortness of breath. At Brunswick Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine, our medical team employs the latest medical advances to effectively determine the cause of your breathing difficulty. We help you find relief from your asthma symptoms, starting with a series of tests.

Allergy Testing

Our first step is to identify any substances that might trigger your asthma symptoms, which can include allergies. Allergy testing may include skin prick, skin scratch and/or intradermic tests to determine whether you’re hypersensitive to any allergens that might trigger an asthmatic response. These tests are more economical than other methods and conducted in the comfort of our medical suite. We can test for a large number of allergens at once, with immediate results.

Diagnostic Services

Our Pulmonary Function Study Room offers state-of-the-art evaluation techniques to identify the cause of your breathing challenges. Onsite pulmonary tests, including pulmonary function tests, cardiopulmonary stress tests and bronchoscopy, are used to diagnose lung disorders and determine your treatment options.

We may perform one or more pulmonary function tests to measure lung size, air flow and oxygen transfer into your bloodstream. These tests may include spirometry, lung volume testing, lung diffusion capacity assessment, pulse oximetry and/or arterial blood gas testing. The purpose, procedure and level of discomfort and risk varies with each test, but we strive to make each as comfortable as possible.

Cardiopulmonary Stress Tests gauge how well your lungs and heart work during exercise by taking measurements of the amount of oxygen your body uses while riding a bicycle or walking on a treadmill. These tests help us discover pulmonary ventilation disorders (when your lungs aren’t taking in enough air to meet your body’s needs). This may indicate asthma, emphysema and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Tests also may indicate pulmonary circulation disorders (inability to pull oxygen from the lungs into the bloodstream).

A bronchoscopy looks inside your airways by inserting a thin bronchoscope tube with a light and camera through your nose or mouth, down your throat and into your trachea to reach your lungs’ bronchi. We examine your throat, larynx, trachea and lower airways to detect signs of infection, excess mucus, bleeding, blockage or tumors.

We Help You Breathe Easier

Dr. Lawrence Davanzo has over 18 years of experience and is backed by a team of professionals who perform your asthma testing. We work with your primary care physician to create a treatment program tailored to your specific needs. Visit us at our Somerset or Freehold, New Jersey, locations, or contact us at 732-246-3066 to discover how we can help you enjoy a healthier, more rewarding life today!