What is the focus of the clinical history to evaluate allergy-related asthma?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: John J Oppenheimer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Assessments should be made regarding the following, when examining symptom exacerbation patients with perennial asthma symptoms:

  • Pet in the home (especially in the bedroom and/or bed)

  • School, day care, or work environment

  • Moisture, dampness, and humidifier use

  • Mold and musty odors in any part of the home

  • Cockroaches in the home

It should be determined whether the patient’s symptoms worsen after the patient vacuums rugs (a typical sign of dust mite allergen).

Assessments should be made with regard to the following, when looking at symptom exacerbation in patients with seasonal asthma symptoms (which may extend beyond 1 season in temperate or tropical climates):

  • Early spring - Trees

  • Late spring and summer - Grasses

  • Summer and fall - Outdoor molds

  • Fall - Weeds


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