Re: Asthma, COPD, Acid Reflux, allergies... how can you tell?
The best way to tell if a person has asthma is to keep record of peak flows over a period of time. Any big variations can indicate asthma or another type of respiritory disease. If you are worried enough to post on here, then I think you should go and see your doctor or practice nurse who can talk to you about any problems you are having and help you get the right testing. Things like GERD and allergies can both contribute to asthma. The GERD can be a result of asthma meds like prednisilone. COPD is a chronic condition with permanently lowered peak flows instead of asthma where the peak flows vary a lot and the air way constriction is reversible.
Hope that helps
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