If the Albuterol works, is it asthma?
My doctor said today (before I got my first inhaler at the pharmacy) said that he would say I had reactive airway disorder but couldn't say asthma yet. I said how do you tell? He said if the inhaler works, it's asthma and it's a lot easier to tell that way than to put someone through the challenge test that has to be done at a hospital because it's dangerous anyway. So I use the inhaler and get great results! So,... is this a real way to diagnose asthma v. RAD? I am totally confused by this whole asthma thing. BTW, I am 60 and have had symptoms similar to those I have had these last few days (only not nearly as bad) over the years but no doctor has ever said it's actually asthma (although it was always "could be") because I don't wheeze. I wheezed this weekend but my doctor didn't hear it and today I wasn't wheezing. Anyway, I guess my main issue is if the albuterol inhaler worked, is that diagnostic for asthma?